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Forensics Unit

Lieutenant Joseph Rainone

The Forensic Division of the Waterbury Police Department is under the Criminal Investigation Bureau. The Division consists of the Crime Scene and Firearms Units. The Division plans on introducing a Video Analysis Unit as well as incorporating the Computer Crimes Unit into the division. The Crime Scene Unit responds to a wide variety of crime scenes and incidents for the purpose of forensic documentation and evidence collection. The Crime Scene Unit supports all other divisions within the department as well as other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in crime scene processing, evidence collection, and identification sciences.

The Forensic Division of the Waterbury Police Department is operational 24 hours per day, 365 per year, as each employee is required to be on call. The Division is staffed by a Lieutenant, Sergeant and four (4) civilian Crime Scene Technicians. The Waterbury Police Department Forensic Division is the only department in the State of Connecticut who employ full time, highly educated civilians who have graduate degrees in forensic science or related fields from Boston University, Michigan State University, Syracuse University, University of New Haven, and University of Wyoming. The Forensic Division maintains a high level of professionalism in the performance of their duty. They are able to assist patrol, detectives and specialized units in a variety of circumstances ranging from homicides, motor vehicle accidents, assaults, untimely or suspicious deaths and all incidents in between. The Crime Scene Unit handles approximately 450 cases a year.

The Forensic Division regularly attends training and educational conferences to keep up with the forensic science discipline.

The Waterbury Police Department has also entered into an agreement with Biometric Identification Services to provide fingerprint services for all public fingerprinting conducted at the Waterbury Police Department. Any public fingerprinting questions can be answered by calling (203)346-6108 or visiting This partnership has enabled the members of the crime scene unit to concentrate on work related tasks.