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Rhode Island State Police Mobile Lab

North Scituate, RI compass

“The mission of the State Police is to respond to incidents statewide and to assist our federal and local law enforcement partners with their investigations. The new mobile crime laboratory will help ensure that our Troopers are properly equipped in order to perform the latest crime scene investigation and forensic analysis techniques.” Colonel O'Donnell, Rhode Island State Police


The Rhode Island State Police recently purchased a custom-built mobile crime laboratory through the use of federal forfeiture funds. This vehicle will replace an aging and obsolete twenty-two year old crime scene van. In addition to State Police investigations, the mobile crime laboratory will be deployed at the request of local police departments throughout the state. Most crime scene vehicles in use today are used solely to transport personnel and equipment to a scene and then bring evidence back to a laboratory to be processed. However, this new mobile crime laboratory will enable State Police Detectives to inspect and analyze evidence while still at the crime scene. In turn, this will greatly enhance the capabilities and efficiency of crime scene investigations. The State Police Mobile Crime Laboratory contains workstations that allow for: (1) Evidence examination / trace evidence collection (2) Cyanoacrylate fuming chamber for fingerprint detection and enhancement (3) Chemical processing and development for fingerprint, footwear, and blood evidence (4) Close-up photography (5) Evidence tracking / report writing In addition, the vehicle has ample storage for crime scene equipment such as alternate light sources, gunshot residue collection kits, laser measuring devices, bullet trajectory kits, crime scene documentation kits, DNA collection kits, presumptive blood and seminal fluid test kits, personal protection gear, evidence collection bags and dedicated evidence storage locations. The vehicle is also equipped with an onboard generator capable of powering all of the onboard equipment and additional scene lights.


  • 2013 Ford F550 DIESEL 4x4 Regular Cab XL
  • 83" high x 93" wide x 18' long custom dry van body
  • Retractable Rear Ramp
  • Hand pump galley water system and refrigerator
  • Custom fabricated aluminum cabinets with dry erase writing surface on overhead cabinet doors
  • Aluminum box pan shelves
  • Satin anodized aluminum finish roll up door
  • (4) Telescoping tripod light pole 750 watt light
  • Fluorescent and LED interior and emergency lighting

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