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, lamp on/off examinations, lachrymators (tear gas, "pepper spray") and unknown substances.

Examiners employ an arsenal of high-tech instruments including: