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Take a look inside OSP mobile crime unit

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Oregon State Police gave Fox 12 a look inside the mobile crime unit seen at crime scenes around the region.

The team of forensic scientists often assists smaller agencies in processing crime scenes, but can be called to help larger agencies, like the Portland Police Bureau.

"Crime scenes can be so varied and so different, you can never really prepare ahead of time for a scene," said Dan Alessio, a forensic scientist.

The mobile crime unit is stocked with everything from latex gloves to a screen to sift through dirt. The evidence gathered at a crime scene is brought back to the lab for further processing.

"For me, being a firearms person, the coolest thing we have is our trajectory rods set," Alessio said. Firearms analysts use a laser mounted on the end of a rod and a compass to determine the direction from which a bullet came or the location of the person who fired a gun.

But he acknowledged the most important items in the truck aren't as exciting.

"This is going to be really boring, but I think just the basics," he said. "The gloves, the swabs, the packaging. I mean that's the foundation of doing crime scenes."

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