When a Patrol Officer takes a criminal incident report that needs further investigation, or if a case needs a trained investigator to pursue difficult or complex issues, detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division are generally the ones who are assigned.
The detectives in this division are experienced law enforcement officers who have worked a number of years in patrol, and many of them have been specially trained in criminal investigations of various sorts.
One detective is on call at all times and does respond to a crime scene, if necessary, at all hours of the day and night.
The most common crimes assigned to this division include crimes against persons, such as aggravated battery, robbery, harassing phone calls; crimes against property, including burglary and theft cases; and financial and computer crimes, including credit card fraud, forgery, embezzlement, and internet fraud cases.
Detectives also conduct warrant sweeps, perform surveillance on known violators, and work special details in areas that are experiencing a particular crime problem.