The Investigations unit is responsible for investigating all serious felony cases and all cases that will require substantial time and resources to resolve. Examples of crimes investigated by the Investigations unit include computer crimes, fraud, burglary, some misdemeanor offenses, sex offences, and sex offender registration. The unit has a Commander, nine Detectives, and an Administrative Assistant. This group of deputies investigates crimes and files appropriate charges with the District Attorney’s Office regarding felony crimes committed in unincorporated Weld County as well as in Weld County Municipalities that do not have their own Law Enforcement Agency. The Investigations Unit also works closely with the crime lab, victim assistance, and crime analysis.
The members of the Investigations unit are committed to quality service with an emphasis on integrity, professionalism, and community spirit. The goal of the Investigations unit is to identify suspects, apprehend criminals, collect evidence, provide comprehensive victim services, and to protect the public by detecting and mitigating serious crimes and crime trends.
Detectives are assigned to work Monday - Friday, 7:00 AM -5:00 PM. They also rotate through an "on-call" position several weekends each year as well as week nights so that there are always resources available to investigate serious crimes.
Investigators are trained to be "investigative generalists", assigned to a specific geographical district where they manage follow-up investigations for that district. The Investigations unit is dedicated to utilizing a modified "CompSTAT" method of Community Policing that has been modified to better serve the people of Weld County and re-titled "CrimeTRAC". The assigned work areas for each individual Investigator are de-centralized to coincide with our patrol deputy counterparts. Although assigned to differing geographic areas and areas of responsibility, all detectives work together as a single unit, following the principles of incident command when a major crime occurs (such as a homicide) to produce the most effective and professional resolution.
The recent increases in population and business experienced in Weld County would typically be accompanied by the potential for increases in serious crime. To meet the challenge of a potential rise in crime, the Investigations unit operates in an environment of continuous training and upgrading of investigative skills, equipment, and technological advances. Interaction and communication with other law enforcement agencies is critical to the success of the Investigative unit’s operation. The utilization of the philosophy of training, experience, and interaction has led to crime rates below the national average and crime clearance rates above the national average.