The Technical Services Unit is comprised of civilian investigators who handle crime scene documentation, evidence preservation and collection They not only collect the evidence from the scene, but perform many of the lab processes at the police station. This team of highly trained professionals is skilled in areas such as Alternate Light Source usage, Chemical Processing of Evidence for prints, DNA processing, and many other technological processes.
There are also sworn officers who set up and operate highly sophisticated electronic surveillance and recording equipment for the purpose of capturing critical evidence for detectives and narcotics agents to make their cases. Each year tens of thousands of photos and videos are taken to document these crimes.
DNA technology is allowing the Palm Bay Police Department to build its own database for more immediate analysis and results in the future.
The Crime Scene Technicians are on call to respond to crime scenes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Major Case Unit investigates all major felony crimes involving violence to persons, such as homicide, home invasion, robbery, and shooting cases. The Unit is also responsible for arsons, frauds and forgery cases. Although most misdemeanor and lower level felony crimes are investigated completely at the patrol level, most felonies are reviewed by the sergeants in the Investigations Division to identify patterns and trends and connection to existing cases. All serious felony crimes are investigated on a priority basis based on the affect on the victim, information and evidence available, solvability factors, potential threat to the community, and the type of offense.
The Special Victims Unit investigates offenses relating to any sexual offense, any child or elder abuse or neglect cases, and any crime as determined by the Unit supervisor.