The Mission of the Investigations Unit is to identify, document and collect all evidence and information at crime scenes for identifying, apprehending and convicting the guilty and to exonerate the innocent. 
Goal: Bring specialized training, skills, and equipment to bear on more complex investigations which result in advocating for crime victims in the most appropriate manner up to and through court processes.

Activities:  Crime scene processing, evidence collection, interview and interrogations, collaborating with allied law-enforcement and support services ranging from private resources to federal agencies.  

The Division is broken down by specialty and includes detectives specifically trained in Crimes Against Persons, Property Crimes, the Drug Task Force, and Gang Investigations.  Their shifts vary, but are typically day and swing shifts with a rotating on-call week for each detective and supervisor for response to incidents requiring immediate investigation.  This is another challenging, yet rewarding and sought after, assignment in the Department.

The St. George Police Department Investigations Unit consists of one Captain, one Lieutenant, three Sergeants, and sixteen Detectives. Additionally, there are seven civilian employees. These detectives are experienced and highly trained investigators whose sole job is to investigate and solve a wide range of crimes. They have specialized knowledge, skills and resources enabling them to solve cases such as forgeries, frauds, thefts, robberies, rapes, drug activity, gang crimes, sex crimes, child and adult abuse, homicide and other suspicious deaths. Detectives are trained in processing for fingerprints, photography and all aspects of crime scene investigation. 

In many cases, the patrol officer who took the initial report will be able to investigate this case and bring it to a resolution. If the offense is serious or the officer was unable to complete the case during their shift, it may be assigned to a detective for follow up. In some cases, there may not be enough evidence to conclusively point to a suspect. In all cases, the St. George Police Department Investigations Division is here to serve the citizens our community. 

Investigations01Special Victims Unit

The Special Victims Unit consists of six detectives and one sergeant. This unit investigates a wide variety of people-related crimes in the community to include: sexual assaults, child abuse, runaway juveniles, gang investigations, and missing persons.  Detectives assigned to the unit, also work closely with state and federal partners to conduct investigations and proactive enforcement on prostitution, sex trafficking, and child pornography.

Property Crimes Unit

The Property Crimes Unit consists of six detectives and one sergeant. This unit actively investigates property related crimes reported in the City of St. George to include: credit card fraud, wire fraud, interstate crime fraud, embezzlement, burglaries (residential and business), vehicle burglaries, vehicle theft/recovery, theft, criminal mischief, stolen property, unlawfully pawned property, etc. This unit works closely with our patrol division and other specialized units as well as outside agencies in a collaborative effort to fully investigate these types of crimes.