The Identification Unit provides photographic and identification services to all local police agencies within Mercer County. It is on 24-hour call for crime scene photography and houses a color photographic laboratory. During the trial preparation phase of cases, the unit is available for any additional photography requested by assistant prosecutors and for preparing demonstrative trial aids and exhibits. In addition, several prosecutor’s detectives have been trained in evidence collection and photography to assist the unit when necessary.
The unit provides updated criminal history records on all defendants and, when necessary, current addresses and photographs.
The unit processes Immigration and Customs Enforcement notifications for the identification of undocumented immigrants who have committed offenses in this jurisdiction. It also assists in the collection of samples that are necessary for the state and national DNA database.
The unit also assists victims of identity theft and routinely advises individuals on how to prove their identity.