The Identification Bureau is staffed by 2 full time patrolmen, David Studley and Chris Toscano, and is under the command of the Bureau of Investigative Services.
These officers are responsible for processing all crimes scenes within the Town of Framingham. Both officers have had extensive training in photography, videography, collection, identification and classification of fingerprints, collection and processing of evidence including the recovery of footwear, tire impressions, and tool marks.
Training & Participation
They have trained with agencies such as the FBI, Massachusetts State Police and the Middlesex County District Attorney's office. In 2000, the Identification Bureau responded to and processed over 200 crime scenes, photographed over 230 crime scenes, accidents and pieces of evidence, and printed over 1000 individual photographs.
The bureau also participates in various community policing projects including the Citizens Police Academy, Project Identification children's fingerprints / photographs) and provided the photographs for the departments baseball card program.
The bureau also processes evidence in our own crime lab utilizing the latest techniques in fingerprint recovery, including dusting powders and chemical development such as ninhydrin, iodine and cyanoacrylate fuming. Working in concert with the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Section, fingerprints are routinely submitted to the AFIS computer (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) where they are compared to thousands of fingerprint cards submitted by law enforcement agencies statewide.
Identix Touchprint 2000
Recently, the department added a Identix Touchprint 2000 to enhance our ability for taking fingerprints of persons through the use of Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). AFIS is the basis for 10-print record creation and identification. The accuracy and effectiveness of AFIS depends directly upon the quality of its databases. However with traditional inked cards, even experienced technicians often have difficulty in obtaining sharp, clear prints. Problems such as over or under-inking and smudging of prints have an effect on the whole system. The inked fingerprint card has always been the weakest link in AFIS technology.