The Investigations Division is comprised of several sections and units whose primary responsibility is to investigate crimes and prepare cases for prosecution by the county Prosecutor. Detectives are usually assigned cases that originate from patrol officers in the field. Patrol officers prepare preliminary reports that are assigned to detectives for more in-depth follow-up.
Detectives can also generate investigations from their own observations or information received from the public.
Criminal Investigations Unit
The Criminal Investigations consists of Detectives who investigate crimes in order to provide information that will cause a successful prosecution of perpetrators of criminal offenses through quality investigations. Detectives also assist in community problem solving through timely identification of emerging crime patterns and by developing crime prevention initiatives in conjunction with other units within the police department.
Also within Criminal Investigations is the Pawn Unit. The Pawn Unit is responsible for regulating pawnshops, collection, and entry of pawnshop records, administrative enforcement concerning licensing and operating procedures. Information generated from this unit assists in the recovery of stolen property from Atlantic City investigations and criminal investigations from surrounding communities.
The Juvenile Unit consists of Detectives who handle investigations involving persons under the age of 18 that are involved in criminal activity and physical and sexual abuse complaints involving children. Detectives also work closely with county and state child protection and assistance agencies and with parents of delinquent children focusing on their rehabilitation.
The School Resource Officer consists of law enforcement officers who are assigned to schools in cooperative agreement with education officials. These police officers receive the necessary training to work in school settings. They provide service in school operations with respect to providing school safety, support services, enhanced campus supervision, assistance with disruptive students, and a host of other functions geared toward improving and maintaining school safety.
The Forensic Unit handles a variety of forensic applications such as photo and crime lab tasks. They respond to crime scenes including certain motor vehicle crash investigations. Their capabilities include but are not limited to crime scene photography, latent fingerprint recovery, DNA, and blood evidence collection. Members of this section also photograph and process offenders charged with certain crimes.