The primary responsibility of the SSU is to assist the road patrol officers and detectives in crime scene investigations. The SSU processes a wide variety of crime scenes ranging from the larceny of automobiles to homicides. Crime scene processing may consist of: photographing and sketching the scene; dusting for and collecting latent fingerprints; collecting hairs, fibers, and bodily fluids; and photographing and casting both footwear and tire impressions. Bloodstain pattern interpretation and shooting reconstruction are additional crime scene specialties provided by SSU members. The SSU also has the capability to process evidence from a crime scene in the laboratory utilizing traditional and chemical techniques.
Other support provided by the SSU include: composite sketches, crime scene diagrams, review and enhancement of video surveillance evidence, and installation of silent alarms and video surveillance equipment. The SSU now houses the IT-FAU as well. The IT-FAU is the Information Technology Forensic Analysis Unit, which conducts forensic analysis of digital evidence; most commonly computers and cellular phones. The IT-FAU is presently staffed by a KCSD Traffic Squad Deputy with significant education, training and experience in the field of digital forensics.
All members of the unit have bachelor's degrees in either forensic science or other sciences and specialized training in crime scene investigations.
Property Management Unit
The Property Management Unit is in charge of long-term evidence storage and management. The unit is supervised by the Scientific Support Unit Supervisor and presently consists of one Property Manager and a KCSD Cadet who provides assistance under the direction of the Property Manager. The Property Management Unit prepares and participates in the auction of unclaimed and purged items and vehicles. These auctions are conducted yearly and provide revenue for the County budget.