Employees of the State Forensic Lab operate under the administration of the SD Division of Criminal Investigation and Attorney General. (SDCL 23-3-19.1)
The State Forensic Lab shall conduct scientific examinations to assist law enforcement officers in criminal investigations. (SDCL 23-3-19.2)
The State Forensic Lab cooperates with private medical facilities, other State Agencies and law enforcement by providing procedures and facilitating the availability of materials used for managing, collecting, and examining sexual assault evidence and convicted offender DNA databasing.
State Forensic Lab personnel help instruct physical evidence recovery techniques/procedures for basic academy students or as requested by law enforcement on and off site.