The General Investigations Unit is responsible for the thorough investigation of major crimes, including homicide, robbery, rape, child abuse, elder abuse, burglary, forgery, embezzlement, identity theft, and grand theft. There are four full-time detectives assigned to G.I.U.
These specific crimes are assigned to individual detectives who, working solo or as a team, collect evidence, secure statements from the involved parties, and bring the investigation to a close. Detectives work very closely with the prosecutor’s office.
All assigned detectives have ten or more years experience as police officers. The detective special-assignment is rotated amongst the police officers, each individual assignment lasts about five years. Detectives attend specialized schools of instruction dealing with subjects such as homicide investigation, robbery investigation, sexual assault investigation, and more.
Investigating dirty and unhealthy homes, often the homes of drug abusers, has come to the forefront in criminal investigations. The parents of the children living in these conditions are charged with various forms of neglect, and often receive more sentence time than they receive for the drug charges!