The Detective Division is responsible for narcotic investigations, and follow-up investigation of felony crimes reported to the Bartow Police Department.
All felony cases are evaluated for solvability by the Detective Division Supervisor. If a case has a good chance of solvability, the case is assigned to a detective. Case solvability is determined by the existence of investigational leads. These leads must indicate the potential for successful arrest and conviction. Since police resources are limited, it is not effective or practical to devote investigational resources to cases with little chance of a successful resolution.
Common examples of investigational leads include whether a suspect is known by a victim, existence of fingerprints, existence of a surveillance photo, or other substantial information which may lead to the identity of a suspect.
If sufficient investigational leads do not exist, the case will be suspended. If new information develops in the future, a case can be reopened and assigned to a detective.
Victims of crimes which are investigated will be notified of the final status of their case.
Detectives may become involved with the investigation of other incidents which could pose substantial risk to the lives or property of our citizens. Such cases may include some missing persons, and other suspicious activity that may result in a criminal offense.
The Detective Division currently consists of; (1) Sergeant and (5) Detectives