About the Regional Forensic Science Center

The Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center officially opened on December 21st, 1995. The Center is a stand-alone Forensic Laboratory and Medical Examiner / Coroner Office.

In April of 1996, the Forensic Science Laboratories (FSL) began accepting cases for firearms examination. Three months later, the Biology Section provided forensic examinations for the identification of biological fluids. After mandatory accreditation by the State of Kansas, the Toxicology Laboratory began producing comprehensive examinations in post-mortem toxicology to support the District Coroner in September of 1996. This was followed by the FSL providing forensic drug identification for local and regional law enforcement agencies. In November of 1996, arson/fire debris analysis was added to the Criminalistics Section. In January 1997, the center opened the first STR DNA Laboratory in the State of Kansas.

A commitment to excellence has guided the development of this full service center. Under the guidance of nationally recognized scientists, the Center provides timely reports, cost effective analyses and expert testimony. Support staff includes experienced forensic investigators, autopsy technicians, and forensic scientists as well as clerical and administrative staff.

As a regional facility, the Center provides services to out-of-county entities on a fee for service basis. For more information please call us at (316) 660-4800.

Mission

The Forensic Science Center strives to provide the highest quality medicolegal and advanced forensic laboratory services to Sedgwick County.  Death Investigation and Forensic Autopsy services are conducted in a compassionate and objective manner to achieve accurate certification of cause and manner of death.   The Forensic Laboratory services provide unbiased and accurate analytical testing to support the resolution of criminal cases.  As an independent agency operating under the Division of Public Safety, the Forensic Science Center collaborates with public health and criminal justice stakeholders to reduce crime and prevent deaths.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

It is the policy of the RFSC that all individuals have the right to participate in employment, programs and activities operated by the RFSC regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, or age. As a condition of funding, the RFSC agrees to operate in compliance with applicable statutes and regulations, executive orders, and all other regulations implementing the same.

If you believe RFSC or any Sedgwick County entity has discriminated against you, an employee, a client, a customer, or a program participant, please notify:

Sedgwick County Human Resources
Employee Relations Specialist
510 N. Main Street, Room 306
Wichita, KS 67203
p: (316) 660-1167

Complaints may also be directed to:

Office of Justice Programs
Office for Civil Rights
810 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
p: (202) 307-2027
f: (202) 616-9865

Or

Kansas Governor's Grants Program
Civil Rights Liaison
900 SW Jackson Street
Landon State Office Building, Room 304 North
Topeka, KS 66612
p: (785) 291-3204

For issues or arrangements specifically related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), contact:

Sedgwick County Human Resources
ADA Coordinator
510 N. Main Street, Room 306
Wichita, KS 67207
p: (316) 660-7053
TDD: Kansas Relay at 711 or (800) 766-3777

Sedgwick County equal opportunity includes program access for persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). It is the policy of the RFSC to provide language access services to populations of persons with LEP who are eligible to be served or likely to be directly affected by our services.  The RFSC is equipped to identify interpretation needs and arrange for such services.