Crime Scene Unit


Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) are trained in physical evidence collection, preservation and reconstruction of crime scenes. The CSI Unit processes a crime scene in the field to preserve evidence for future prosecution.


Typical CSI duties include locating, evaluating and collecting latent and patent fingerprints and photographing injuries of victims and suspects. The unit processes major crime scenes such as homicides and assaults. This involves collecting and packaging items of evidence for processing. It also involves photographing and videotaping the scene for detectives and for court proceedings. CSI works meticulously to detail evidence in order to gather the facts and assist in solving crimes.


Please join us in congratulating

CHPD's own Danielle Veale for being named

California Association for Property & Evidence 2015-2016 Property Officer of the Year!

Danielle started with the CHPD in 2006 as a Records Specialist

In 2013, she became the top candidate for Property & Evidence.

Since that time, she has done amazing work in the unit.

This year, Danielle was selected from hundreds of Property & Evidence Technicians across the state

For her dedication, professionalism, efficiency, and hard work.

We are proud of you, Danielle!


2016 Property Officer of the Year


The Citrus Heights Police Department has a 6,000 square feet, state-of-the-art facility which has space to store all property and evidence items, and a laboratory to process items as evidence. The CSI staff has experience in crime scene investigations and property and evidence management.


Crime Scene Investigators are trained in the current scientific techniques and methods utilized in the identification, preservation, documentation, collection, and processing of evidence. Crime Scene Investigators are experts in a wide range of duties including but not limited to:

  • Photography using a multitude of formats
  • Sketching or diagramming of scenes using hand drawn or computer-aided drawing software
  • Processing various types of items for fingerprint evidence using different types of chemicals, powders or alternate light sources
  • Collection and preservation of DNA evidence
  • Documentation and analysis of blood stains
  • Preservation and proper packaging of the evidence collected
  • Ability to conduct comparisons and identifications of the fingerprints obtained
  • Possession of excellent verbal and written communications skills needed to complete detailed written reports and then give comprehensive testimony in a court of law


Crime Scene Investigators work with and support the patrol officers and detectives in the reconstruction of crime scenes and assist in the prosecution of the guilty. The CSI Unit is also responsible for the Property and Evidence Unit, which processes, stores, and lawfully releases or disposes of property.