The Detective Division’s primary responsibility is major crime investigations. Major crimes may be classified as rapes, robberies, burglaries, assaults, financial crimes, computer crimes, and thefts.
Other crimes that may require extensive investigative time or talents may be assigned to the Detective Division. The majority of cases originate in the Patrol Division, but may also develop from other sources, such as social services agencies, courts, prosecutors, anonymous tips, etc.
The Detective Division Lieutenant reviews all criminal events that originate in the Patrol Division. He then assigns those cases to the investigators based upon solvability factors. Cases are reviewed periodically to determine their progress and status. Cases may only be closed by the Detective Lieutenant during this process, or through the prosecution phase.