The Investigations Division of the Colonial Heights Police Department is comprised of one Sergeant and three general detectives. Detectives have the primary responsibility in the investigation of serious or serial crimes. Crimes commonly assigned to the division include rape, robbery, homicide, burglary, sex offenses, missing persons, and fraud related incidents.
Detectives assigned to the Investigations Division are charged with the task of bringing each assigned incident, or case to closure. This is accomplished through the identification, evaluation, collection and documentation of facts and evidence specific to the incident. It is further accomplished through a variety of interviews with victims, witnesses, suspects, etc. When it has been determined that a crime has been committed, all aspects of the case are compiled and forwarded to the Commonwealth Attorney for prosecution in court.
Each detective is trained in basic investigations, interview, interrogation, forensics and photography. Specialty courses such as computer fraud, internet crimes, child sexual abuse investigation and forensic science courses have been completed by most detectives. Detectives are regularly enrolled in advanced training to expand their knowledge and skills necessary to carry out complex investigations.
The Investigations Division routinely works with local, state and federal agencies to investigate crimes occurring in Colonial Heights and the region. Agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Secret Service, ATF, Virginia Lottery and the Virginia State Police provide or receive assistance from the Investigations Division annually.