The Criminal Investigation Division conducts follow-up investigations for certain crimes that were initially responded to by the Uniformed Patrol Division. It initiates cases, such as drugs and vice, using information received from informants and concerned citizens. The Town of Cary Police Department is only one of four agencies in the Triangle area to have a Cyber Crimes Unit proactively pursuing online offenders. Cases that are more serious in nature or will need an extensive investigation are also assigned to the Investigations and Family Services Division.
The division consists of 19 detectives, three sergeants, a lieutenant, a police intelligence specialist and a captain. The investigative function is made up of the following units:
- Major Crimes
- Burglary (Commercial & Residential) / Motor Vehicle Thefts / Motor Vehicle Breaking and Entering
- Juvenile Investigations
- Domestic Violence
- Sex Crimes
- Fraud Investigations
- Drugs and Vice
- Pharmaceutical Diversion
- Intelligence and Gangs
- Cyber Crimes
The team is responsible for the investigation of cases including, but not limited to, major crimes (including murder, rape, robbery, assault, and kidnapping), motor vehicle theft, forgery, fraud, identity theft, serious assaults, larceny and burglary.
Detectives have developed areas of expertise in subjects such as homicide investigation, sex offenses, child abuse and neglect, juvenile crimes, forgery and fraud, white collar crime, computer crimes, arson, burglary, domestic violence and a limited amount of crime scene processing.
Detectives also maintain a close working relationship with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as with the District Attorney's office.
The team supervisor works closely with Crime Stoppers to solicit information about crimes.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get information regarding my case?
Call the detective assigned to your case for an update. The division's police intelligence specialist may also be able to answer your questions and can be reached at (919) 319-4523.
What happens with my case after it is assigned to a detective?
A detective will contact the victim within 72 hours of being assigned the case. The detective will review the patrol officer's report and ask follow-up questions as needed. Investigation continues until the case is solved or all leads have been exhausted. This can range from a day or two to many years.
How does someone become a detective?
A patrol officer must serve as a line investigator before being considered for the Criminal Investigative Division. Line investigators handle cases that do not require a detective but require more time than patrol officers typically can devote. Line investigators also assist in major crimes that occur on their shift until a detective arrives on the scene.
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