The St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department Criminalistics Laboratory (SCCSDCL) provides forensic analysis of evidence submitted from law enforcement agencies in and around St. Charles County.
The SCCSDCL was established in 1988 in response to the need for a crime laboratory to serve the law enforcement community of St. Charles County. Initially set up to analyze only drug cases, the SCCSDCL has expanded its services to include Fire Debris Analysis, Biology/DNA, Blood Ethanol, Serial Number Restorations, and Firearm Functionality examinations. The SCCSDCL moved into its current location in O’Fallon in April 2005. This facility has approximately 5,300 square feet dedicated to crime laboratory functions. In May 2008 the SCCSDCL became accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors – Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB). The SCCSDCL analyzes approximately 2,000 cases per year and is staffed by four full-time Scientists with combined forensic laboratory experience of over 60 years.
The SCCSDCL has a long history of being responsive to the needs of the law enforcement community it serves by offering new services and enhancing existing testing by utilizing available internal and external funding sources. External funding sources such as the Forensic DNA Backlog Reduction Program, state-wide Coverdell funding for training and the Missouri Crime Laboratory Upgrade Program (MCLUP) allow the SCCSDCL to better meet the changing needs of laboratory customers.