Investigations are overseen by Assistant Chief Tracy Fincher. Investigaitons encompasses various divisions and sections dedicated to investigating crimes after they happen and gathering intelligence to prevent future crimes.
Criminal Investigations Division
The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is responsible for providing follow-up investigations for all major crimes that occur within the City Of San Angelo. CID is divided into five sections; Crimes Against Persons Section, Crimes Against Property Section, Narcotics Section, Special Operations Section, and the Investigative Support Section. Each section is further divided to address specialized functions or needs.
Crimes Against Persons Section
The Crimes Against Persons Section investigates all crimes affecting the safety and well-being of individuals. Investigations include offenses such as homicide, assault, robbery, kidnapping, as well as many other offenses.
Violent Crimes Unit
The violent crimes unit is made up of detectives with specialized training and experience in investigating assaultive and injurious offenses against adults. The violent crimes unit was responsible for investigating 43 robberies, 3 kidnappings, 853 assaults, and 8 homicides in 2009. It should be known that these numbers may not reflect UCR numbers since some cases assigned for investigation were immediately found to be incorrectly reported. Not only do these detectives actively respond to reported offenses, but they also try to identify trends in criminal activity and work with other units and divisions. Family violence, dating violence, stalking and harassment cases are also handled by the violent crimes unit. In this capacity the unit works closely with the District Attorney County Attorney, and Crisis Intervention to enhance the probability of a criminal conviction and to protect and safeguard the victims against future violence.
Child Crimes Unit
The Child Crimes Unit employs detectives who specialize in investigating crimes against children. The majority of these types of crimes include Injury to a Child, Sexual Assault of a Child and Indecency with a Child. The Child Crimes Unit works closely with the Children's Advocacy Center/Hope House and Child Protective Services to investigate these types of crimes. The Hope House assists in interviewing child victims and helps coordinate the investigation and prosecution of offenders. CPS will oftentimes receive the initial complaint and forward it to the Child Crimes Unit. CPS will also follow up on the future welfare of the child. In 2009, Child Crimes Unit detectives worked 236 cases.
Crimes Against Property Section
The Crimes Against Property Section is made up of trained detectives who are tasked with investigating all burglaries, thefts, criminal mischief's as well as all crimes related to fraudulent activity. This unit is further divided to enhance the unique investigative needs of these types of crimes.
Fraudulent Crimes Unit
The Fraudulent Crimes Unit consists of detectives who have specialized training and experience in addressing the growing trend in white collar crimes. This unit is responsible for investigating such offenses as: Identity theft, Credit/Debit Card, Insurance Fraud Forgery and Counterfeiting. The unit's detectives work as a team by frequently conferring with one another about the cases they work. This approach to investigating fraudulent activity works particularly well since current observation reveals "rings" of organized criminals working in combination to profit fro the misfortune of others.
In 2009, detectives assigned to the fraudulent crimes unit investigated 164 reports of forgery, 165 reports of Credit/Debit Card Abuse, and 79 reports of identity theft. Compared to 2008, this represents a slight increase in all categories.
Burglary & Theft Unit
The burglary and theft unit is attached to the crimes against property section. Experience has shown that many of the fraudulent crimes occur as a direct result of a burglary or theft. The suspects are often the same or are known associates. This unit is responsible for investigating reports of residential, commercial and auto burglaries as well as al forms of theft and criminal mischief. In addition, this unit is primarily assigned to assist in investigating arsons and other non-descript crimes against a person's property.
In 2009, detectives investigated 503 burglaries, 461 thefts, 155 criminal mischief's (Misdemeanor and Felony combined), and 3 arsons. This demonstrates an increase from 2008 case assignments. Not all of these cases are assigned to a detective- those cases that are not assigned to a detective are screened and referred directly to the County Attorney or given a County Attorney Packet. A County Attorney Packet is a self-investigation packet that satisfies the requirements for prosecution by the County Attorney's Office.
Crime Scene Investigations Unit
The Crime Scene Investigations Section (CSI) consists of a civilian supervisor and investigators. The unit works together with Patrol, Narcotics, and CID to photograph, document, and collect evidence and latent fingerprints. The unit uses the Automated Fingerprint Identification and Extraction Program (AFIX) to help identify unknown fingerprints and palm prints found at crime scenes. Members of the unit have been trained in photography, the development and photography of latent prints, crime scene search, the identification and classification of fingerprints, courtroom testimony, analysis and enhancement of video evidence, and bloodstain pattern analysis. Members of the unit are fingerprint experts and can testify in court as such.
Polygraph Services Unit
Polygraph Services is a support service within the Criminal Investigations Division. The San Angelo Police Department uses the polygraph within the investigative boundaries of criminal investigations in order to detect deception. Polygraph is also used by the SAPD during intensive background investigations of prospective employees. SAPD polygraph examiners, certified and licensed by the State of Texas Polygraph Examiners Board scheduled 121 investigative and 59 pre-employment polygraph examinations. Approximately 50.69% of those showed no deception and 36.11% showed deception. Another 4.17% were inconclusive or the examiner was unable to form a professional opinion.
Evidence and Property Unit
The Evidence and Property Unit consists of civilian evidence technicians trained in the handling, packaging, storage, and procedures relating to evidence and disposition of personal property. This unit is dedicated to the ethical and legal handling of all items turned in. This is achieved through strict adherence to federal, state, and local guidelines. In 2009, the Evidence and Property Unit accepted 4,965 items. During the same time frame, 4,208 items were donated, destroyed, sold, or returned. In 2007, the San Angelo Police Department purchased a bar coding system that was designed to facilitate the intake and release of property. It was not until late 2008 that the system was fully functional.
If you have an inquiry concerning lost property, seized property, or evidence from an investigation, contact an evidence technician at 325-657-4379 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments are required in advance in order to allow time to pull the items and complete the necessary paperwork. Appointments are scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 am to 3pm.
Items which are ready for release will be held for 90 days after the date of notification. After 90 days, the property will be considered abandoned and will be disposed of according to the applicable state and federal laws. Owners who reside outside the city limits may contact our office to make special arrangements. Some items require proof of ownership, and all releases require a valid government-issued picture ID. Items will only be released to the individual named in the notification letter. All firearms transactions must be cleared through a background check
prior to release.
The Intel Division acts as a facts clearhouse for the department. It controls the Pawn, Crime Stoppers, and Crime Analysis Sections.
Street Crimes Division
The The Street Crimes Division of the San Angelo Police Department is responsible for identifying illegal narcotics distribution sources affecting our community. Working in concert with numerous other resources in our community, the Street Crimes Division will proactively employ investigative methods that will have a positive impact on local illicit drug trafficking, drug abusers, and decrease the availability of controlled substances in San Angelo.
In addition, the Street Crimes Division collects and analyzes criminal intelligence, conducts organized crime investigations, and is responsible for investigating vice related crimes such as gambling, prostitution, gang activity, and human trafficking.
Pawn Shop Detail
The SAPD Pawn Shop Detail is manned by detectives who work on a daily basis with the local pawn shops and second-hand dealers to ensure compliance with local ordinances and state laws. Detectives make regular inspections of the shops and their records. The Pawn Detectives assist other detectives and agencies as well as the public with the recovery of stolen property that has been sold or pawned. The department participates in the Leads-On-Line System, a national database that records all pawn transactions of participating shops and agencies. For the year beginning January 1 through December 31, 2009, this detail was successful in recovering and clearing 204 cases where property was identified as being stolen with an estimated recovery value of $143,835.00 dollars. In doing so, this unit reviewed 53,345 pawn shop transactions.
Crime Stoppers Unit
The Crime Stoppers program involves the public, the media, and the police in the fight against crime. It offers anonymity and cash rewards to persons who furnish information leading to the arrest of crime offenders and the capture of fugitives.
Crime Stoppers is based on the principal that "Someone other than the criminal has information that can solve a crime" and was created to combat the three major problems faced by law enforcement in generating that information:
- Fear of REPRISAL and attitude of APATHY
- Reluctance to get INVOLVED
Three Essential Elements Make Up a Crime Stopper Program
Citizens are responsible for forming a Crime Stoppers non-profit corporation, whose directors establish policy, determine amount and method of reward payments, work closely with the police and the media and generally oversee the program. The directors are also responsible for fund raising, and all volunteer service. Tax money is not sought.
Crime Stoppers methods, objectives, successes and phone numbers are publicized on a regular basis by the media. An unsolved "Crime of the Week" is given special treatment with details published in newspapers, on radio and in certain cases a re-enactment on television.
A special Crime Stoppers phone with a well publicized number is provided to the community. Callers are assigned a special Code number and NEVER give their names. If, after the investigation, the information leads to an arrest, the caller is entitled to a reward.
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Crime Analysis Unit
The Crime Analysis Unit is responsible for the administration, maintenance, and advancement of the San Angelo Police Department's computerized information databases and all related programs therein. In addition, the Crime Analysis Unit compiles statistical information requests for the department and the public. Another task given to the Crime Analysis Unit is the preparation of a packet that contains specifically customized statistics used in a bi-weekly "Comp-Stat" meeting; the goal of this meeting is to provide San Angelo Police Department personnel with pertinent information that will allow them to perform their duties more effectively by highlighting crime trends, repeat offenders, recent criminal activity, and intelligence. The Crime Analysis unit works closely with investigations and aide both detectives and patrol in capturing offenders.
Operation Support (SWAT and CNT)
The SWAT Team (Special Weapons and Tactics) and HNT Team (Hostage Negotiations Team) work together as one unit to handle high risk enforcement situations such as hostage situations, suicidal subject and high risk search warrants. The goal of both teams is always the protection of life.
The SWAT team is a part time unit comprised of officers from various divisions and sections of the department. Several have prior military experience and each bring a variety of talents to the unit. SWAT members are on call 24/7 are maintain the highest level of physical fitness. Training for the unit is held twice monthly and consists of physical shooting scenarios, dynamic entries, building clearings, and tactical weapons education. Members practice and prepare for a variety of possible incident scenarios and co train with members of the Hostage Negotiations Team.
The Crisis Negotiations Team (C.N.T.) is a part time unit made up of 8 Officers and a psychologist. The Officers come from various divisions and sections of the department. They perform C.N.T. activities in addition to the regular duties of their respective assignments. Each member is a volunteer and receives specialized training to be qualified as a Negotiator. Currently all San Angelo Police Department C.N.T. members are trained to the Advance Level in Crisis Negotiations. C.N.T. members receive 40 hours of negotiation specific training yearly as well as all other training required as a peace officer.
C.N.T. responds with SWAT when called for barricaded subjects as well as any situation which may involve hostages. Upon arrival the C.N.T. will make contact with the subject in an attempt to bring the situation to a peaceful resolution. C.N.T. is specially equipped to negotiate by phone or when necessary face to face.
C.N.T. has been called to such situations as armed robbers believed to be holding hostages, wanted persons who have barricaded themselves, suicidal subjects, and other persons who are in crisis and need to be taken into custody for treatment or protection and other incidents as directed by the Critical Incident Commander.