New York State Police

Trace Evidence

Forensic scientist using microscope

Forensic scientist uses a microscope atop of Laser Ablator to remove substances from the surface of an object by vaporization

The Trace Evidence Section examines evidence including fire debris, footwear and tire impressions, paint, glass and unknown substances.

Examiners employ an arsenal of high-tech instruments including:

Trace Evidence 2011 Activity
62 Cases Examined: homicide, rape, narcotics, property crimes and fatal motor vehicle hit-and-run
202 Suspected arson cases from which fire debris evidence was processed