The division is comprised of four units: Criminal Investigations, Drug Enforcement, CrimeLab,and the Career Criminal. Each unit’s primary responsibility is the follow-up investigation of criminal offenses.
The Criminal Investigations Unit is responsible for investigating cases in the traditional areas of crimes against property and crimes against persons.
The city is divided into two areas of Command. Each area command consists of a Captain, three Sergeants and three teams of Detectives. The Detectives are responsible for investigating cases within their assigned area of command and will assist with large scale investigation as needed. The Detectives receive annual training from nationally known trainers to keep apprised of changes in the laws and techniques dealing with criminal investigation. Training has been provided on interview and interrogations techniques, domestic violence, financial crimes and others.
The Career Criminal Unit was formed to aggressively pursue those who choose to commit crimes instead of living productive lives in society. The Division is also actively involved with the Child Protection Center, the Jackson County Drug Task Force, Regional Cybercrimes Forensic Lab, the Metro Squad, FBI Cybercrimes Task Force and the ATF Task Force.
The Crime Scene Unit consists of five crime scene investigators who have been certified by the International Association of Identification. The duties of the investigators include documenting scenes with photographs,videos, drawings, and written reports. They are also responsible for identifying,collecting, processing, and preserving physical evidence.
The Latent Prints section examines fingerprints, palm prints, and shoe impressions left at crime scenes. If the prints contain useable detail, they are compared against the known prints of potential suspects. In the case of fingerprints, if a suspect is not known, the latent fingerprint can be entered into a database known as AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System).