Criminal Investigations Division
The Criminal Investigations Division
is divided into nine sections:
- Crimes Against Persons
- Crimes Against Children
- Crimes Against Property
- Domestic Violence
- Crime Scene Investigations
- Forensic Video/Criminal Analysis
- Financial Crimes
- Property and Evidence
- Special Services
The Division's responsibilities are:
to identify and apprehend offenders; recover stolen property;
gather, document and evaluate facts in reference to criminal
activity; process crime scenes, recover and preserve evidence
and property; and present evidence to various courts to seek
a successful prosecution of the offender(s).
All criminal reports made to the
Henry County Police Department are sent to the Criminal Investigations
Division for assessment. The reports are reviewed for facts
and information which would lead detectives to the identity
of a suspect.
Solvability factors are used to determine
if a case is assigned. Some of these factors are; clear descriptions
that will identify the perpetrator(s), license tag information,
and direct knowledge of who committed the crime, physical
evidence that can identify the perpetrator(s) or witnesses
who are able to identify the perpetrator(s). There may be
other factors that will also be used to determine assignment.
Citizens who are victims of crimes
are encouraged to contact the Criminal Investigations Division
if they become aware of additional information that was not
given to the officer at the time of the report. Due to the
overwhelming number of reports, cases are only assigned if
there is sufficient information or evidence to justify the
expenditure of manpower on an investigation.
When a case is assigned, the detective
will contact the victim within 48 hours of receiving the assignment.
During the course of the investigation, the detective will
maintain contact with the victim and update them on the progress
of the case. When a final resolution is reached, the detective
will contact the victim and advise them of the final disposition.
In those instances where no information was developed for
prosecution, the case will be considered inactive. Should
new information be developed, the case can be re-activated
for additional investigation.