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.
HFSC at a Glance
AVERAGE Time to Report Common Requests1,2 (Updated: 02/19/2024)
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.
In-Jail Cases: 33 days
Regular Cases: 203 days
Marijuana Cases: 174 Days
Blood Alcohol Only: 39 days
Alcohol & Drug Cases: 128 days
Sexual Assault Kits (SAK): 173 days
Comparison Cases: 301 days
Comparison Cases: 40 days
Homicide With Phone Unlocked*: 7 days
*If unlocking is needed, time will vary greatly.
HFSC Executive Team
Amy Castillo, PH.D.
Carina Haynes, CSCSA
Crime Scene Unit Director
Preshious Rearden, PH.D
Director of Research, Technology, and Development