The Detective Division has responsibility for all criminal investigations. The Detective Division has investigative authority for all major criminal offenses including homicide, sexual assault, robbery, computer crimes, narcotics, and other felony related crimes. In addition, the Detective Division handles follow-up investigations initiated in the Patrol Division. Detective Division personnel are also responsible for Sex Offender notifications, maintaining the Sex Offender Registry, and monitoring compliance through the use of home visits.
The Detective Division is commanded by a Captain who is assisted by a day shift Lieutenant, day shift Sergeant and second shift Sergeant. There are 6 Detectives assigned to the division, including a Detective who specializes in Crime Scene Investigations (BCI).
Detectives within the division have received specialized training and certification in: Interview & Interrogation, Death Investigation, Crimes against Children, Financial Crime Investigation, Arson Investigation, Narcotics Investigations, and Computer Forensics. In addition, members of the Detective Division participate in joint task forces in conjunction with Federal & State agencies such as: the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA); United States Marshals Service (USMS); The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); and the RI State Police – Internet Crimes Against Children Unit (ICAC).