The Detective Bureau is responsible for conducting both adult and juvenile investigations. It is staffed by a Detective Sergeant and two Detectives. This unit is responsible for conducting thorough follow-up investigations of all cases brought to the attention of the department including: identifying, apprehending and assisting in the prosecution of criminal offenders, locating witnesses, collecting physical evidence, recovering property, obtaining and conducting search warrants, and preparing cases for court. Detectives are on call on a 24-hour basis for cases that require immediate attention.
The Detective Bureau also handles juvenile matters and works closely with:
- The Bay Village Schools
- Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court
- Children and Family Services
- The Juvenile Community Diversion Program
The Detective Bureau coordinates investigations with other federal, state and local agencies. Drug investigations are coordinated with the Westshore Enforcement Bureau Narcotics Task Force and other local law enforcement agencies. Members of the Detective Bureau also serve as crisis negotiators and are members of the Westshore Enforcement Bureau Crisis Negotiation Team (WEB CNT) and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). Detectives also participate in crime prevention programs and speak to various groups as requested.
Members of the Detective Bureau receive extensive training in all aspects of criminal investigation. This training includes:
- Crime scene processing
- Crimes against children
- Property crimes
- Sex crimes
- Using technology in investigations