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Far away from flashing lights and yellow police tape, a cluster of alphabetized buildings in the shadow of Canada’s busiest highway is home to the Toronto Police Service Forensic Identification Service, or FIS, where officers in lab coats help solve mysteries

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Detective Constable Christine Handy conducts a laser scan for fingerprint examination on a Ruger SR9 handgun at the Toronto Police Service Forensic Identification Services (FIS) laboratory.

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Detective Constable Christine Handy conducts a laser scan for fingerprint examination on a Ruger SR9 handgun at the Toronto Police Service Forensic Identification Services (FIS) laboratory.

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Detective Constable Christine Handy logs information on a Ruger handgun prior to fingerprint examination at the Toronto Police Service Forensic Identification Services (FIS) laboratory.

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Detective Constable Mark Borneman uses acid combinations during a serial number restoration on a Davis P380 handgun at the Toronto Police Service Forensic Identification Services (FIS) laboratory.

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Detective Constable Christine Handy collects DNA on a Smith & Wesson 40mm handgun at the Toronto Police Service Forensic Identification Services (FIS) laboratory.

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Detective Constable Mark Borneman conducts a serial number restoration on a Davis P380 handgun at the Toronto Police Service Forensic Identification Services (FIS) laboratory.

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Detective Constable Mark Borneman conducts a serial number restoration on a Davis P380 handgun at the Toronto Police Service Forensic Identification Services (FIS) laboratory.

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Detective Constable Mark Borneman prepares a Davis P380 handgun for a serial number restoration at the Toronto Police Service Forensic Identification Services (FIS) laboratory.

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Detective Constable Christine Handy inspects a Cobray 9mm gun prior to fingerprint examination at the Toronto Police Service Forensic Identification Services (FIS) laboratory.

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Detective Constable Christine Handy inspects ammunition prior to fingerprint examination at the Toronto Police Service Forensic Identification Services (FIS) laboratory.

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Detective Constable Christine Handy logs information on ammunition prior to fingerprint examination at the Toronto Police Service Forensic Identification Services (FIS) laboratory.

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