Fingerprinting services expanding

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab has a new supervisor and two new fingerprinting technicians to offer expanded services later this fall.

Megan Roberts was named as the Crime Lab Supervisor in September. Roberts began with the Maryland State Police as a Crime Lab Technician in 2011. In 2012, she joined the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office as a Crime Lab Technician. She has worked on more than 600 cases and has more than 60 courses completed in various specialties.

Sheriff Tim Cameron; Crime Lab Supervisor Megan Roberts; Crime Lab Technician Stacey Hancock; Crime Lab Technician Jessica Barnard and Crimbe Lab Technician John Butterfield

The Crime Lab now has three technicians and two Fingerprint Technicians, which allows an average of 342 fingerprinting appointments a month, drastically more than the average of 64 a month before. The Crime Lab fingerprinting services for citizens are for employment purposes and Maryland handgun qualifications.

Appointments are required for fingerprinting services, which can be made by calling 301-475-4200, ext. *8046 or by scheduling a time online at Fingerprinting can now be done on weekdays, Monday through Friday. Later this fall, services will expand to Saturdays.

The Crime Lab, under the St. Mary’s County Criminal Investigations Division, responds to crime scenes and death investigations, including calls for theft, robberies, burglaries, assaults, sexual assaults, fatal overdoses, suicides and homicides.

Crime Lab Technician Jessica Barnard, Crime Lab Technician Stacey Hancock, Fingerprint Technician Brent Sherman, Fingerprint Technician Jazmin Summers, Crime Lab Supervisor Megan Roberts and Crime Lab Technician John Butterfield

Crime Lab Technicians process a scene, determining what items are of evidentiary value – processing and preserving evidence through photography and collecting fingerprints and DNA. The Crime Lab obtains, processes and extracts video surveillance, still images and cell phone information. Evidence brought in by deputies is also processed.
Crime Lab personnel are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays.

“We’re a full-service crime lab,” Roberts said. “We can accommodate a plethora of requests and have a network of agencies we can outsource to if needed.” Roberts is also an instructor in the Criminal Justice Program at the College of Southern Maryland, teaching Forensic Science and Criminology.   

Fingerprint Technician Jazmin Summers taking digital fingerprints

“We are very fortunate to have the career experience and expertise that Roberts brings as the new Supervisor of the Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab,” Sheriff Tim Cameron said. “The work done by our technicians is integral to processing and solving crimes, providing the solid evidence needed to secure convictions in the judicial system.”

“And I am pleased to say that with the addition of two Fingerprinting Technicians to the office, more citizens will be able to access this service at greater convenience,” the Sheriff said.