|RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES DIVISION
|The Investigative Services Division investigates reported criminal activity, identifys
and apprehends criminal suspects, assists in the prosecution of criminal offenders
and recovering stolen property. It is comprised of five functional units under the
command of a Police Captain and a Detective Bureau; Special Enforcement
Unit; Property Unit; Counseling Unit; and Crime Analysis Unit.
|THE DETECTIVE BUREAU
The Detective Bureau is comprised of detective and support staff and is supervised by a
police sergeant. Detectives are assigned specific caseloads under one of two general categories: Crimes Against Persons and Crimes Against Property.
Crimes Against Person caseloads include the following specific criminal activities:
- Domestic Violence
- Elder/Child Abuse
- Sex Crimes
- Weapons Violations
Crimes Against Property caseloads include the following specific criminal activities:
- Identity Theft
- Elder Financial Abuse
- Grand Theft Auto
- Residential/Commercial Burglary
- Grand Theft
The complexity of modern criminality requires detectives be trained and knowledgeable
in all the specific types of criminal activities in each category. Investigative Services personnel conduct all aspects of criminal investigations.
Other Criminal Activities are handled by civilian, non-sworn support personnel
(a Police Service Officer and Police Cadet. They include:
- Misdemeanor Adult Crimes
- Alhambra Municipal Code Violations
- Annoying/Harassing Telephone Calls
These staff members also perform the following tasks: Subpoena Service, Photo
Lab Duties and Court Liaison. An assigned uniform patrol officer will conduct an
initial investigation, writing a report on the circumstances of the crime, pertinent facts, witness statements and listing physical evidence at the scene. Cases are prioritized
for investigative follow up based on the severity and nature of the crime and the
presence or absence of workable leads. Current investigative skills, techniques
and technical resources are used to identify, locate and apprehend criminal suspects, recover stolen property and provide prosecutors with criminal cases that will culminate
in successful prosecutions.
| THE SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT (S.E.U.)
The S.E.U. unit is comprised of detectives assigned to specific caseloads involving
all gang-related criminal activity, vice, narcotics, criminal intelligence and alcohol-
related crimes and is supervised by a police sergeant. The unit works with county,
state and federal law enforcement agencies. Gang enforcement officers assigned to
the Field Services Division work in partnership with SEU conducting monthly
enforcement operations focusing on criminal gang activity, parolees, and those on
active probation. One S.E.U. detective is assigned to the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Taskforce (L.A. IMPACT). The detective
works with sworn law enforcement personnel from county, state and federal agencies investigating and apprehending criminal suspects involved in narcotics trafficking.
| THE PROPERTY UNIT
The Property Unit, staffed by a Property Clerk, annually processes on average
5,000 items of property and evidence booked into the property system. Items are
logged, inventoried. Tens of thousands of pieces of property are maintained in the
Property Unit. The Property Clerk is also responsible for releasing and disposing
of items pursuant to applicable law.
Persons seeking the return of any item(s) booked into the Police Department's
Property Unit should contact the Property Clerk at 626-570-5148 to make an
appointment for pick up. Pick-up times are: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.
to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
| THE COUNSELING UNIT
The Alhambra Police Department is one of only a very small number of law
enforcement agencies of comparable size to offer professional counseling services
to its community. Counseling services are offered to those who have been victims
of criminal activity or to those whom it might benefit. Professionally-trained
counselors provide referral services and counseling on issues such assubstance
abuse, delinquency, parenting skills, child physical/sexual abuse and domestic
| THE CRIME ANALYSIS UNIT
The Crime Analysis Unit provides detailed statistical data and analysis on criminal
activity occuring within the City of Alhambra that gives the Police Department
information on crime trends, patterns, and crime locations. Crime Analysis enables
officers to direct their patrol efforts to areas where crimes are being committed
resulting in crime prevention and criminal activity suppression.
Alhambra Police Dept. Financial Crime Report Form (click here)
California Attorney General's Office: http://caag.state.ca.us
Los Angeles District Attorney's Office: http://da.co.la.ca.us
Secret Service: http://www.ustreas.gov/usss
U.S. Dept. of Justice: http://www.justice.gov
Bad Check Program: http://da.co.la.ca.us/badcheck.htm
Crimes of Persuasion: http://www.crimes-of-persuasion.com/
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