The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Forensic Laboratory is accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors - Laboratory Accreditation Board to ISO 17025 standards. The laboratory performs analyses in the following areas: Crime Scenes; Controlled Substances; Firearms and Toolmarks; Forensic Biology; Latent Prints; Questioned Documents; Toxicology; and Trace.
50 Tower Road (View Map)
San Mateo, CA 94402
Forensic Scientists perform case work in the following areas:
Crime scene work encompasses the recognition, documentation, collection, and preservation of physical evidence. In order to accomplish these tasks, the crime scene team may be required to: Photograph; Sketch/diagram; Document with notes; Take measurements; Interpret blood stain patterns; Determine bullet trajectories; Process items for latent prints; Collect biological material, firearms evidence, impression evidence (tool or tire marks, footprints, dust lifts,...), and other items of evidence that need to be processed at the laboratory.