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Photography & Mapping

Photography and Mapping Services

Photographs are one of the most reliable sources of evidence in court



The Photography Section is based in Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park at a state-of-the-art photographic laboratory. The staff of 14 caters for the demanding needs of a 21st Century Police Service.


Photographs have consistently proved to be one of the most reliable sources of evidence to the courts and bureau photographers therefore play a key role in many investigations.


The Photography Section provides:-

  • A photographic record of crime scenes and relevant evidence
  • Injury photography of victims in cases of assault and bodily harm
  • Specialist fingerprint and footprint photography
  • Photographic court exhibits and albums
  • Post-mortem photography for the Coroner’s Office
  • Aerial photography of scenes, including traffic accident scenes
  • Photography of weapons, drugs and stolen property for exhibitions



The Mapping Section has a staff of 12 which comprises 8 Gardaí and Sergeants, 2 civilian Map Makers, a Civilian Geographical Information Systems Technician and a Civilian Administrator. Most of the work of the Mapping Section relates to criminal cases. 


The Mapping Section carries out the following tasks:-

  • Surveys crime scenes and prepares scaled drawings and maps for investigative purposes and various judicial fora
  • Provides administrative maps for operational purposes
  • Provides security maps and related services for major events and VIP visits