Bureau of Criminal Investigation Office
criminal investigator

Bureau of Criminal Investigations

The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) unit is comprised of officers highly trained in the collection and preservation of evidence at crime scenes and forensic detection. Our Criminal Identification Officers (CIOs) are responsible for the collection and security of all physical evidence collected at crime scenes they process across Cape Cod. At the request of our local police departments, federal and state law enforcement, BCSO CIOs photograph and document crime scenes, processing for latent prints and physical evidence. Our CIOs, many of whom are former police officers, are trained in forensic disciplines such as latent fingerprint comparison, photography, DNA collection, crime scene investigations and other highly specialized disciplines enabling them to take charge of crime scene evidence. Often called upon to testify in court, CIOs are expertly trained to comply with industry standards in evidence collection, comparison and identification. With today’s technological advances and the use of new equipment such as Automated Fingerprint Identification (AFIS) machines and Forensic Recovery of Evidence Device (FRED) machines, the officers working at BCI are able to make accurate conclusions with the results of testing done at their facility in Barnstable, or with the assistance of the technicians at the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigations is another round-the-clock operation of the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office and our CIOs are on-call 24/7 to immediately process crime scenes.

Bureau of Criminal Investigations

Barnstable County Sheriff's Office

6000 Sheriff's Place

Bourne, MA  02532

Fax: 508-375-6286
Phone: 508-375-6125

Skinner at BCI January
Barnstable criminal investigation staffer