Zurich Forensic Science Institute


The Forensic Allrounder

Associates from the Crime Scene Investigation Department (FOR-KED) are dispatched from their bases in Zurich and Winterthur for the securing of forensic evidence throughout the Canton of Zurich.

Areas of Expertise

From breaking and entering to capital offenses, Crime Scene Investigation team members are the first forensic specialists on the scene. Depending on the gravity or complexity of the crime or case, they may be reinforced by additional FOR specialists.

Before the actual search for and collection of evidence may begin, however, the entire scene is documented via photography. Shoe- and fingerprints, toolmarks, traces of fibres, glass or paint, as well as biological evidence are all collected. Since much of this evidence can be invisible to the naked eye, special lighting is employed.

Additional responsibilities are the identification of the deceased, photographic documentation of autopsies at the Institute for Forensic Medicine, and the forensic investigation of disaster scenes. Members of the Crime Scene Investigation Department are also active both nationally and internationally on behalf of the Swiss DVI Team (Disaster Victim Identification).