The Scientific Investigations Division is the workplace of 100 law enforcement, scientific, technical and support personnel. SID's mission is to provide forensic support (criminalistics, identification and crime scene investigation) to both Sheriff's stations and divisions, and outside agencies. SID is also home to Sheriff's Central Property/Evidence unit and the photography Laboratory.
The annual budget for SID is near $6.5 million and include approximately $425,000 of a $1 million OCJP grant. The grant is managed by Sheriff's Narcotics and is shared with the San Bernardino County District Attorney, Probation and a number of city police departments.
In 1986, San Bernardino and Riverside counties entered into a regional partnership known as CAL-ID. Today, CAL-ID provides DNA and AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) services to all member agencies in both counties. A per capita assessment combined with penalty assessments and fine monies comprises the annual budget for these CAL-ID services.