Violent Crime Response Team
The TBI's Forensic Services Division has become increasingly involved in the investigation of violent crimes. Although the value of physical evidence is often overlooked in other types of crime, it is recognized to be of paramount importance in crimes against persons.
In order to more efficiently work violent crime scenes, the TBI maintains three specially designed crime scene vehicles equipped with the most advanced forensic equipment and materials available. These crime scene vehicles are regionally located in Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville and are primarily used by the TBI to assist in processing homicide crime scenes.
Teams are made up of Special Agent/Forensic Scientists with expertise in Firearm and Toolmark Analysis, Latent Prints, Microanalysis/Trace evidence, Serology/DNA, and Documentation. As a team, they travel to the crime scene wherever and whenever it occurs, and then locate, document, and collect any physical evidence that may identify the perpetrator, or that may be compared to a suspect who is developed later on in the investigation.