Evidence & Identification
The Joint Services Evidence/Identification Bureau provides identification and evidence services for the Kenosha Police, Sheriff and Fire Departments. The Bureau utilizes the latest scientific forensic investigative techniques in criminal identification. Responsibilities include obtaining fingerprints, fingerprint identification, laboratory evidence processing, video imaging, photography, crime scene support, and the collection and preservation of evidence. Joint Services’ Evidence/Identification Technicians assist law enforcement agencies in solving crimes.
People who are suspects in a criminal investigation are often identified by witnesses and the identification of a suspect will be relied on by the prosecution in a criminal trial.
While fingerprint evidence is accepted as a form of identification, this form of identification evidence must be given by an expert witness (a fingerprint expert). However, in order that fingerprint evidence can be used, law enforcement or the prosecution must be able to match a fingerprint left by a culprit at the scene of a crime with that of a set of fingerprints taken from the accused in a controlled situation (that is, taken in a law enforcement agency).
There are certain requirements in law whereby if you are detained after arrest you are obliged to provide law enforcement with your fingerprints. Refusal to allow law enforcement to take your fingerprints may have consequences for you at your trial.
The following are the samples which law enforcement are allowed take for forensic testing. A sample of:
- Pubic hair
- Hair other than pubic hair
- A nail
- Any material found under a nail
- A swab from any part of the body other than a body orifice or genital region
- A swab from a body orifice or a genital region
- A dental impression
- A footprint or similar impression of any part of the person’s body other than a part of their hand or mouth
DNA testing can be done on a tiny sample of blood, semen or any body tissue. These may be obtained at the scene of a crime, at the law enforcement agencies lab, and can also be obtained from suspects. When a DNA test is done, a profile of the DNA is taken.
DNA profiling refers to the identification of particular parts of the DNA. The profile from the sample can be compared to a suspect’s DNA profile to see if they match.
FEE SCHEDULE FOR EVIDENCE IDENTIFICATION
- Printed or photocopies of paper records $0.05 per page
- Reproduced digital media:
- CD (700MB) - $0.59
- DVD (4.7GB) - $0.63
- DVD Dual Layer (8.5GB) - $1.14
- Blu-Ray Discs (25GB) - $1.27
- Blu-Ray Discs (50GB) - $3.25
- Fees associated with mailing or shipping may be applied
- Fees in excess of $5.00 will require prepayment otherwise payment is due upon receipt of the record
Fingerprinting services are available to Kenosha County residents (Photo ID required).
Fingerprinting hours are as follows:
- Walk–ins - Tuesday through Thursday 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
- Pre–Court Processing Monday - Friday 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
- Probation & Parole Registration Monday - Friday 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Contact 262-605-5042 with any questions.
Discovery/Digital Media Requests
Discovery/Digital Media requests can be submitted via the Digital Media Request form located in the Public Records link above. Submission instructions are listed on the form. Contact 262-605-5042 with any questions.
Property releases are done by appointment Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Contact 262-605-5047 with any property related questions.
1000 55th Street
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53140