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Welcome to the Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC)

HFSC is an independent local government corporation that provides forensic services to the City of Houston’s law enforcement agency, the Houston Police Department. HFSC welcomes you to explore our forensic services, learn more about what we do, investigate employment opportunities or contact us.

Next Board Meeting

July 12, 2024


HFSC Discovery Portal

HFSC at a Glance

AVERAGE Time to Report Common Requests1,2 (Updated: 06/17/2024)

1 Priority assignment for cases is determined in collaboration with other stakeholders and weighing the risks and benefits for that request with other pending requests. Requests for prioritization can be made in the Request Portal.

2 Times reflect typical expected time from request to report for cases that do not have a court date, investigative priority, urgent public safety risk.

Seized Drugs

  In-Jail Cases: 38 days
  Regular Cases: 177 days
  Marijuana Cases: 240 Days


  Blood Alcohol Only:  40 days
  Alcohol & Drug Cases: 141 days


  Sexual Assault Kits (SAK): 100 days

Firearm Examinations

  Comparison Cases: 231 days


Latent Prints

  Comparison Cases: 54 days


Cell Phones

  Homicide With Phone Unlocked*: 7 days

  *If unlocking is needed, time will vary greatly.


Additional Operations Report can be found in Meeting Document under Board Meetings.

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HFSC Executive Team

Peter Stout


Amy Castillo, PH.D.

COO/Vice President

Carina Haynes, CSCSA

Crime Scene Unit Director

Preshious Rearden, PH.D

Director of Research, Technology, and Development