The Detective Division is comprised of a captain, a sergeant, a corporal, and four detectives. The detectives are assigned to conduct all general investigations. Typical investigations associated with this unit include the investigation of violent crimes, child abuse and neglect crimes, major property crimes, and any other investigation that may require specialized training. The Detective Division is also responsible for conducting background investigations for all police officer and emergency operations center applicants.
Each detective receives specialized training in areas such as homicide investigation, sex crimes, crimes involving children, elder abuse, gang related crimes, fraud, embezzlement, interview and interrogation techniques, evidence collection, and computer crimes. The detectives have a flexible work schedule to best facilitate his or her responsibilities. The detectives rotate through an on call shift which requires them to be available 24/7 for a one week rotation.
The detectives coordinate with many local, state, and federal resources in their investigative efforts. Child abuse cases are a division priority and the detectives have a close working relationship with Child Protective Services. The detectives utilize the Valley Children's Advocacy Center extensively in their endeavors to best serve child victims from our community. The detectives work closely with the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney for the administration of justice and in addition, they facilitate the relationship between victims of crime and the victim witness coordinator.
The detectives are committed to providing professional and courteous service while striving to bring all criminal cases to a logical conclusion. It is the philosophy of the Detective Division that a team approach is the most efficient and effective method of solving and preventing crime.