Crime Scene Services Unit

The Crime Scene Services Unit is the "CSI" Unit for the Cambridge Police Department. Though not as glamorous as today's popular television shows, the Crime Scene Services Unit assists detectives in processing major crime scenes and evidence collected by Officers and Detectives. Crime Scene Services responds to major crime scenes to capture photographs of the scene, process the scene for fingerprints, and collect physical evidence for further analysis. We may collect such evidence as hairs, fibers, DNA, and firearm evidence and submit to the State Police or the FBI for further examination. Crime Scene Services' fingerprint examiner compares latent prints developed at the scene to fingerprints of known suspects. In some cases, the staff of the Crime Scene Services Unit may be required to testify in court to findings recovered from the crime scene.

In addition, the Crime Scene Services Unit is responsible for archiving booking photographs, or "mug shots". The Unit also handles the fingerprinting services and photographing processes for License to Carry Firearms or FID cards, Constable, employment purposes and sex offender registry applications.


  • 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM Monday
  • 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday to Thursday
  • 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM Friday

Contact Info

Telephone: 617-349-3347
Email: Crime Scene Services Unit (for employment opportunities, please contact Personnel
Commanding Officer: Deputy Superintendent Pauline Wells, 617-349-3235
Unit Supervisor: Lieutenant Thomas Ahern, 617-349-9364
Forensic Identification Specialist: Brooke Miller, 617-349-3347
AFIS Technician: Michaela McManus, 617-349-9396
Intern: 617-349-3347

Visiting CPD

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Cambridge Police Department

Christine Elow
Police Commissioner

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Cambridge MA 02142