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Field Detail, Production Detail
The Photography Unit is responsible for photographic services to the Los Angeles Police Department and is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The staff consists of 27 employees, which includes 21 field photographers, 1 clerical employee, 4 supervisors and 1 photographer dedicated to the Office of the Chief of Police.
The Field Unit is responsible for forensic, crime scene, aerial, and evidentiary photography within the City of Los Angeles. In 2011, the Field Detail responded to over 4,300 field calls to provide photographic documentation of crimes or evidence. This detail also responds to major public affairs events, as directed by the Chief of Police.
The Production Detail is responsible for the printing and retention of all imagery produced by the Los Angeles Police Department. In 2011, over 115,000 images were produced by the Photography Unit. This detail also oversees the LYNX Photo Management System, which allows digital imagery to be rapidly accessed by investigating officers, detectives and court personnel. By managing a dual system, cases can be reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office and the City attorney’s Office without the need for physical prints.