The mission of the Columbus Police Department Forensic Laboratory is to provide efficient and quality forensic services for our customers through precise and comprehensive analyses utilizing up-to-date technology. This mission will be accomplished by innovative, highly-skilled, unbiased professionals with vision and integrity.
The Columbus Police Department Forensic Laboratory houses two full-time Forensic Scientists. The Columbus Forensic Lab offers several services including:
AFIX Database Search
Cellular Device Analysis
Forensic Video Analysis
Latent Print Processing
Major Crime Scene Response
The Forensic Division is constantly adding new abilities to its list of services
What We Can Do for Your Agency
The Columbus Forensic Laboratory is now processing cases for outside agencies. Please contact the Columbus Police Department at 662-244-3500 to reach lab personnel that can provide you with information on analytical services, pricing, and logistics.
Internship & Job Shadowing Program
The Columbus Forensic Lab offers positions for internships and job shadowing. One internship position is open per college semester. For your application to be considered it must be complete and submitted at least one month before the course required start date. Complete the Internship or Job Shadowing Application (PDF) and mail the forms to: Columbus Police Department Attention: Columbus Forensic Lab 1501 Main Street Columbus, MS 39701
These positions are highly competitive so get your apps in early! Job shadowing is also available. Follow the internship link to the required form and submit as instructed above.
The AFIX database allows quick searches of latent prints, recovered from crime scenes, against fingerprint databases containing thousands of known fingerprints.
Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant
As of July 6, 2020, the Columbus Mississippi Forensic Lab intends to use its allotment of the Edward Byrne Memorial 2020 JAG funding to purchase and install new testing and safety equipment for the controlled substance testing lab.