ACSO forensic investigators photograph, gather, document and analyze items found at crime scenes. Their responsibilities also include:
• Proper storage of evidence for later use in court.
• Perform various tests on illegal substances.
• Prepare and deliver evidence to outside laboratories for analysis.
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Regional Forensic Laboratory serves law enforcement agencies in Aiken and surrounding counties. Aided by a state-of-the-art Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer, an ACSO chemist can positively identify a variety of drugs, which include Marijuana, Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Opiates and Hallucinogens. The ACSO Regional Forensic Laboratory is funded by a three-year federal grant and matching monies from Aiken County Government totaling $384,160.