Criminal Investigations

The Criminal Investigations Division is comprised of four units: General Investigations, , Intelligence, Warrants and Narcotics. The overall mission of the division is to investigate crimes against people and property and to apprehend those persons responsible for crimes already committed. Detectives are continually gathering and evaluating information. This involves the analysis of reported crimes, interactions with citizens and local merchants, interviews with suspects, victims and witnesses, the examination of evidence and an unrelenting desire to perform their sworn duty. To enhance their effectiveness in criminalistics, detectives employ all resources available to them, including networking with other county, state and federal agencies. This allows detectives to gain information from surrounding jurisdictions and share technical expertise and experience.

General Investigations Unit detectives conduct a variety of investigations. The duties of an investigator may range from obtaining documentation relating to harassing phone calls, to retrieving essential DNA samples at a homicide scene. Each detective strives to excel in all aspects of criminology including evidence collection, interview and interrogation, case documentation and court testimony.

The Intelligence Unit conducts investigations, analyzes information and prepares bulletins and reports on police-related matters for department-wide dissemination. The unit is responsible for organizing and analyzing data from internal and external sources, and maintaining databases on criminal activity, parolees, confidential informants and any other group or activity identified for monitoring by the Commanding Officer of the Division.

The Warrants Unit is assigned the task of actively pursuing and arresting those subjects who evade court proceedings. These detectives assist other divisions and agencies in the coordination of warrant executions for individual cases and are responsible for the maintenance of the division's warrant tracking files.

The Narcotics Unit is primarily detailed with the suppression and control of the illegal drug trade by identifying and incarcerating drug traffickers and subjects who possess illegal substances. The detectives assigned to this unit are routinely in contact with confidential informants, developing and cultivating information on the dist