The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Laboratory is accredited in the field of Forensic Calibration in the discipline of Toxicology and is accredited in the field of Forensic Testing in the disciplines of Biology, Document Examination, Firearms and Toolmarks, Friction Ridge, Scene Investigation, Seized Drugs, and Toxicology. The laboratory is accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 International Standard.
The current accreditation status and scope can be located on the ANSI National Accreditation Board website under the Directory of Accredited Organizations.
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.