The Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for conducting follow-up investigations of reported crimes. The Division is comprised of two sections, Criminal Investigations and Special Investigations.
The Criminal Investigations Section conducts follow-up investigations into specific crimes reported to the Department. The Section is divided into several squads which allow personnel to conduct specialized investigations. Cases are assigned for further investigation based on a case management system. Not all cases are assigned for follow up investigation. Criteria for assignment include, but are not limited to, the type and seriousness of the crime and solvability factors.
Crime Scene Investigations is a component of the Criminal Investigations Section and is responsible for processing crime scenes and the examination of certain physical evidence. While it is preferable to process all crime scenes, limited resources dictate that only certain scenes be processed for evidence. The determination to process a scene for evidence is made by supervisory personnel.
Crime Analysis is also a unit of the Criminal Investigations Section. Crime Analysis takes information from incident reports and other sources to develop crime patterns and trends. This information is distributed to departmental personnel for preventative patrol or to link a series of crimes together in order to identify suspects.
The Special Investigations Section conducts investigations into drug-related activity as well as vice-related complaints such as prostitution and gambling. Drug activity is a motivating factor in many of the crimes reported to the Department. Persons involved in drug-related activity are also typically involved in other crimes, such as robbery and burglary.