The Criminal Investigation Section, CIS, is divided into four units: Violent Crimes, Property Crimes, General Crimes and Crimes Against Children. The detectives in CIS are assigned cases within their unit based on solvability factors and are responsible for thoroughly investigating cases and exhausting all leads. The Supervisors assigned to CIS attend bi-weekly CrimeStat meetings to discuss crime trends and to develop enforcement strategies. Reviews of crime trends are conducted frequently by CIS supervisors to identify emerging trends and respond as necessary. Moreover, detectives attend patrol briefings to update officers regarding crime trends and suspects of recent criminal activity. Additionally, detectives in CIS share pertinent information with our Community Response Team Officers regarding suspects of interest, and subjects wanted in connection with criminal activity to expedite their apprehension. Intelligence gathering and information sharing is paramount to our overall success. Utilizing the community policing philosophy, members of CIS attend monthly and quarterly neighborhood meetings to interact with residents and to provide them updated information on criminal activity in their neighborhoods. Detectives further interact with the community by conducting neighborhood canvasses after high profile and/or violent crimes cases to locate potential witnesses and to seek additional information.
Violent Crimes - The Violent Crimes unit is staffed by a sergeant and 6 full time detectives and 1 part time detectives. This unit is responsible for investigating all violent crimes committed in the City of Lakeland. The crimes investigated by this unit are Homicide, Robbery, Sex Crimes, Battery, Carjacking, Kidnapping, Weapons Violations
Property Crimes - The Property Crimes unit is staffed by a sergeant, 6 detectives and an Investigative Aide. This unit is responsible for investigating all property crimes committed in the City of Lakeland. The crimes investigated by this unit are Residential Burglary, Motor Vehicle Burglary, Business Burglary
General Crimes/Crimes Against Children - The General Crimes/Crimes Against Children unit is staffed by a sergeant, 3 detectives and an Investigative Aide. This unit is responsible for investigating all general crimes and crimes that are committed against children in the City of Lakeland. Crimes investigated by this unit are Larceny, Petit Theft, Financial Crimes, Motor Vehicle Theft, Computer and Internet related theft or fraud, Grand Theft
The Crimes Against Children detectives are responsible for investigating all crimes that involve children. The crimes investigated are Child Abuse, whether it be physical abuse or sexual assault of children. The detectives work with other agencies in investigating these crimes.
Evening Squad - In 2013, the department reorganized several areas and implemented an evening shift squad of detectives in an effort to better serve the residents of Lakeland. This squad is staffed by a sergeant and 5 detectives, who are on duty during evening hours, thereby reducing the need for call outs and to have detectives readily available in the event someone from Criminal Investigations is needed to assist the Uniform Patrol Division.
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