Each of the eight Michigan State Police Forensic Laboratories offer crime scene response and vehicle processing assistance to all law enforcement agencies in the State. The types of crimes commonly responded to include but are not limited to homicides, suspicious deaths, excavations/exhumation, officer-involved shootings and violent or serial assaults. Crime scene and vehicle requests for less serious crimes are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
An MSP Crime Scene Response Team (CSRT) and/or MSP Trooper Evidence Technician(s) will be dispatched when the crime scene or vehicle processing involves forensic evidence collection and when requested by the agency's Investigators and/or Evidence Technicians.
When a vehicle is suspected to contain physical evidence relevant to a criminal investigation, police agencies may request an MSP Crime Scene Response Team to process it, or they may deliver the vehicle to one of the State's laboratories for processing.
Crime scene processing is accomplished thorough detailed photography and documentation of the physical evidence present. Specialized techniques such as chemical enhancement, bloodstain pattern analysis and firearms trajectory analysis may also be employed at the crime scene.
Requests for crime scene response are made through the Michigan State Police Operations Center or MSP Regional Dispatch Centers.