Matthew Sides has been employed with the Gainesville Police Department since 2005. From 2007 to 2014, he worked as an Evidence Technician. In 2014, he was promoted to Crime Scene Investigator. In this role, he is responsible for responding to crime scenes in order to document, process, and collect evidence. He has been certified through the International Association for Identification (IAI) as a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst (CSCSA) since 2017.
Investigator Sides has experience in many different sub-fields of forensic science, including medicolegal death investigation, bloodstain reconstruction, shooting incident reconstruction, fingerprint comparison and analysis, and crime scene photography and documentation. Additionally, he has experience teaching various classes relating to crime scene investigation, including general crime scene processing, evidence technician courses, introduction to photography and evidence collection/packaging, and courtroom testimony.