The Forensic Crime Laboratory is located at the roof top of the Founder’s Building. It is a centralized laboratory which is formed with three (3) rooms; Interrogation Room, Dark Room and four cubicles inside the 3rd separate room. Each room provides with different equipment and chemicals; Interrogation Room is equipped with a machine used for interrogation and others, Dark Room is equipped with different chemicals and tools for forensic photography, the third room is composed of four cubicles; forensic ballistics section, questioned document section, crime scene room and fingerprint section. These cubicles are equipped with materials, machines, and chemicals used for each type of sections. It shall be headed by a coordinator, mandated by the Dean of College of Criminal Justice Education to serve in the unit furnished with the following functions and responsibilities:
- The main function and responsibility of the Forensic Crime Laboratory is to provide the criminology students the highest level of hands-on experience of crime laboratory works and activity (examinations f sample physical evidence) that they might use in their future professions.
- The interrogation room is used for the criminology students for the laboratory activities of the Polygraphy subject. It serves as a simulated torture chamber which functions as a location to extract information from the unwilling subject and also to identify in the subject is full of deception (assumed subject by a student);
- The Dark Room is used for criminology students for Police Photography subject which functions as developing area of photos and images that serves as a product of the knowledge and ideas gathered from their lectures;
- The Ballistics Section assists criminology students in processing crime scenes and analyzing evidence in cases that involve the use of firearms, identified types of weapon and ammunition and conduct microscopic comparisons of bullets and discharged cartridge casings recovered at assumed or simulated crime scenes. Core functions of Ballistics Section are testing of firing weapons for examination of projectiles and identification of tool marks and gunpowder residue;
- The Questioned Document Section is used for criminology students for Question Document Subject which functions as the area where they conduct examinations of handwriting, hand-printing, typewriting, inks, and counterfeit items. This includes the examinations for assumed evidence of indented writing, alterations and obliterations;
- The Fingerprint Section is used for criminology students for personal identification subject to provide the students of the actual training in taking a person’s fingerprints, to examine latent fingerprints obtained from the simulated crime scenes, comparison latent prints against known inked prints; and
- Crime Scene Room is used to motivate criminology students to learn about forensic science by allowing them to participate in a few crime scene activities in the laboratory. To give the students as experience to learn with hands-on activities such as crime scene construction.
- Monday – Friday 8:00am – 12:00noon
- 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location4th Floor, Admin. Building
Rules and Regulations
- Never eat, drink, or smoke while working in the laboratory.
- Read labels carefully.
- Do not use any equipment unless you are trained and approved as a user by the supervisor.
- Wear safety glasses or face shields when working with hazardous materials and/or equipment.
- Wear gloves when using any hazardous or toxic agent.
- Clothing: when handling dangerous substances, wear gloves, laboratory coats, and safety shield or glasses. Shorts and sandals should not be worn in the lab at any time. Shoes are required when working in the machine shops.
- If you have long hair or loose clothes, make sure it is tied back or confined.
- Keep the work area clear of all materials except those needed for the work. Coats should be hung in the hall or placed in a locker. Extra books, purses, etc. should be kept away from equipment that requires air flow or ventilation to prevent overheating.
- Disposal – Students are responsible for the proper disposal of used material if any in appropriate container.
- Equipment Failure – if a piece of equipment fails while being used, report it immediately to the lab assistance or tutor. Never try to fix the problem yourself because you could harm yourself and others.
- If leaving a lab unattended, turn off all ignition sources and lock the doors.
- Never pipette anything by mouth.
- Clean up the work area before leaving.
- Wash hands before leaving the lab and before eating.