Detective Christi McDowell
Criminal Investigation Division
Crime Scene Unit
The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is home to one of the most specialized, well trained and respected Crime Scene Units in the State of Texas. This unit processes all major crime scenes in Smith County. The Smith County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit is also requested from time to time to assist partner agencies such as the F.B.I., Department of Public Safety and Texas Rangers across East Texas in processing crime scenes or crime scene evidence.
We employ one of few blood spatter experts in the East Texas Area, a Computer Forensics Expert and Computer Forensics Laboratory. Pre-DNA processing, fingerprint processing, and fingerprint identification is completed in the in-house lab prior to being sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab, and other scientific labs across Texas.
Our in house computer forensics lab eliminates the need to send computers and cellular telephones to outside crime labs reducing the completed analysis time from as much as one year to only a couple of weeks.
Our crime scene unit, through the use of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System "AFIS" has resulted in the arrest of numerous fugitives within the past two years.