All of the Detectives in the Criminal Investigations Division are able to collect evidence and process crime scenes but we currently have three Detectives that are able to do more advanced evidence gathering and are certified through the Division of Forensic Science in Richmond Virginia. These investigators are able to respond to any type scene and collect and package all types of trace evidence that may be critical to the case and its prosecution. These individuals are routinely used and called on during larger, higher profile cases. They also regularly assist patrol with evidence collection and packaging.
Cyber Crimes Unit
The Cyber Crimes Unit is responsible for the follow-up investigation of criminal cases involving cases where a computer has been used to perpetrate the crime. This unit is responsible for investigating and prosecuting a wide range of computer-related crimes, including computer intrusion, online auction fraud, email threats and harassment, identity and credit card fraud, theft of intellectual property, software piracy, music piracy, theft of computer components and software, web vandalism, counterfeiting, possession and distribution of child pornography, and online child luring.
Crime analysis is intended to provide currently useful information to assist operational personnel in meeting their tactical crime control, criminal apprehension and crime prevention objectives, and to assist command and administrative personnel in planning and strategic decision-making.
The crime analyst, though housed in the Criminal Investigations Division, supports the entire agency, from crime prevention to patrol to investigations. The analyst is responsible for reviewing all offense reports daily and tracking any trends that develop within the county by collecting, collating and analyzing local and regional crimes. Information on crime trends or potential suspects of regional crimes are disseminated both internally and externally to aid in cooperation of intelligence sharing between agencies affected.
The analyst also produces numerous and varied fliers for intelligence dissemination, from stolen property to wanted persons and crime trends and maintains access to numerous databases to assist in investigations.
The Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office currently has four licensed Polygraph Examiners on staff. The unit handles all criminal and pre-employment polygraphs.
All of the examiners are graduates of an American Polygraph Association approved polygraph school. All examiners are licensed through the Department of Professional Occupational Regulation for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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