San Diego County Sheriff's
5255 Mt. Etna Dr.
Regional Crime Laboratory
San Diego, CA 92117
Phone: (858) 467-4600
For Official Business Only
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Note: Due to safety and security concerns,
we do not offer public tours.
The San Diego Sheriff’s Regional Crime Laboratory provides forensic
science services to over 30 law enforcement and criminal justice
agencies -- including every city (other than the City of San Diego)
in San Diego County, the District Attorney, state agencies, and
Sheriff's detectives and field deputies, as well as to federal law
enforcement upon request. The lab’s Crime Scene Investigation
team responds to homicides and other serious crimes countywide. The
jurisdiction covers over 4,000 square miles, including the Mexican
international border, federal military installations, Indian lands,
the Anza Borrego desert and the Pacific Ocean.
The San Diego Sheriff’s Crime Lab provides specialized analysis in
controlled substance and alcohol, DNA and trace evidence (including
arson, explosives, fibers and paint), latent fingerprint development
and comparison, questioned documents (including handwriting
comparison), firearms and tool marks.
The San Diego Sheriff’s Crime Lab is fully accredited by the
American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory
Accreditation Board-International (ASCLD/LAB-International). This means that the lab’s standards
and practices meet the highest level of professionalism and it
maintains a regular program of quality assurance.
In 2004, the San Diego Sheriff’s Crime Lab created the first Cold
Case Forensic Team that investigates unsolved homicide and sexual assault cases.
The Forensic Biology Rapid Response Unit was
created in 2008 to address the time sensitive needs
of law enforcement. The Crime Laboratory
management achieved the desired backlog reduction by
bringing in new staff and tasking the unit with the
responsibility for forensic DNA analysis on property
crimes where completed work can be expected within