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Detective Division
The Detective Division supports patrol officers by providing follow-up investigations of major and specialized crime incidents. Crimes investigated by the Detective Division include homicides and suspicious deaths, sex crimes, serial assaults, burglaries, arsons, frauds, domestic violence, forgeries, worthless checks, and white-collar crimes.

Components of the Detective Division:

General Assignment Section 

Assignments within the General Assignment Section are predicated on the classification and status of criminal reports and ongoing criminal activity. The following is an aggregate of criminal classifications from which specific crimes are identified and case assignments are based:

  • Homicide/suspicious deaths
  • Crimes against persons
  • Crimes against property
  • Arson investigation
  • Fraud, forgery & worthless checks
  • Domestic violence
  • White collar crimes

In addition to the above criminal classifications, incidents involving juveniles, such as delinquency, truancy and criminal activity, are assigned to a bureau detective who specializes in domestic and juvenile crime and other related incidents.

Vice/ Narcotics Section
The Vice/ Narcotics Section investigates complaints and crimes involving drugs, narcotics, and violations concerning criminal vice. In addition to their primary responsibility of investigating drug and vice cases, the Vice/ Narcotics Section also conducts investigations concerning organized crime activity and coordinates such information with other divisions and department personnel. The section may also covertly investigate other sensitive cases as directed by proper authority. Members of Vice/ Narcotics Section operate in plain clothes and sometimes are involved in undercover activities. 

Polygraph Examinations Polygraph
The polygraph is the most commonly used instrument for the detection of deception. The Fredericksburg Police Department uses the polygraph to aid with criminal investigations as well as during the pre-employment examination of candidates seeking employment with this Department. 

Every polygraph examiner is a graduate of a polygraph school accredited by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations (DPOR), and receives certification through extensive testing and additional training under the direction of DPOR. Once certified, polygraph operators must be licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Automated Fingerprint Information System (AFIS)
AFIS is an automated technology used by the Department’s fingerprint examiner to search multiple fingerprint databases for possible matches to unknown fingerprints collected at crime scenes. The AFIS system and fingerprint examiner also serve as a resource for other law enforcement agencies in the region.

Expert handling, identification and preservation of evidence is crucial to good police work. All Fredericksburg Police officers are trained in processing and preserving crime scenes. This training gives the officers adequate knowledge to initiate routine processing functions and the ability to preserve the area of an incident for a crime-scene specialist. 

As a general rule, patrol officers are the first to arrive at the scene of an incident or crime. The patrol supervisor assesses the scene and determines whether it requires the expertise and knowledge of a crime-scene specialist. Crime-scene specialists are members of the General Assignment Section assigned to the Detective Division. These detectives process every major crime scene where the potential for recovering evidence exists. Crime-scene specialists within the Department are on-call 24 hours a day.

Crime-scene specialists attend nine weeks of extensive training in forensic science with the Virginia Forensic Science Academy, a subsidiary of the Virginia Department of Consolidated Laboratories. To maintain high standards in this specialty, the Fredericksburg Police Department actively seeks and provides the necessary advanced training for these important specialists.

Detectives who are certified forensic technicians conduct crime-scene searches for physical and latent evidence. Technicians record a crime scene with both video and still photography. They prepare sketches and drawings of the scene to scale. Forensic technicians coordinate forensic activities with patrol officers and may assist them in situations where a higher degree of forensic knowledge is required. The forensic technician also processes, packages and forwards evidence to the state forensic laboratory for examination, analysis and expert determinations. Certified forensic technicians assist other department personnel when requested.

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