I was just wondering what other crime scene units do. Mine responds to all scenes when we are requested as well as other functions such as evidence and drug testing. I know other local departments who respond to every call involving a gun (handguns, rifles and shotguns) and some who process DNA and run AFIS searches in house. So what does your department do?
Ours have a forensic nurse who responds to cases like rape and such. A forensic nurse is a nurse with specialized training in forensic evidence collection, criminal procedures, legal testimony expertise, and more. The Forensic nurse becomes that liason between the medical profession and that of the criminal justice system.
My Forensic Services Division has two sections: field based investigators and lab processing personnel. The field based units, which I am currently, respond to any crime scene ranging from vandalism to multiple homicide to document and process the scene. We will process for prints at the scene, however, any evidence beyond that is collected. The recovered evidence is returned to the lab for submission and further processing. Our lab personnel, or forensic specialists, are responsible for evaluating any submitted evidence for print (if unable to be processed on scene or better suited for controlled environment chemical processing), trace, or biological evidence. We also have certified specialists in Ballistics (bullets, casings, and firearms) and Friction Ridge (foot, finger, palm, and shoeprints) evidence.
Currently, our lab is not equipped to analyze trace or DNA evidence. Those types of evidence are sent off to the State Crime Lab for analysis.
Its pretty much the same thing in every department. The working on evidence and drug testing is common. Also, when you are called for, then you must take that case. As for taking up every call involving gun is one point which might not be seen in every department. Otherwise, it is all one daily routine.