The Criminal Investigative Division of the Murrysville Police Department is responsible for handling cases that are in need of further investigation. These cases usually involve more work than what is practical for a patrol officer to accomplish on their shift. The unit currently consists of two officers, a detective-sergeant, and a detective.
The officers assigned to the Criminal Investigative Division have both spent many years as patrol officers prior to their current assignments. This is generally the case for most officers who are appointed to the position of detective in a police agency. It allows them to gain plenty of experience doing everyday police work before being asked to handle serious cases, thus requiring them to utilize their years of training and experience to aid them in solving these types of cases.
Cases that our investigators will typically handle may include: thefts, frauds, burglaries, robberies, illicit drug investigations, suspicious deaths, and homicides. In cases where a crime is very serious and complex in nature, our agency may also request the assistance of an outside agency and partner with them during the investigation e.g. Westmoreland County Detective’s Office. This is done because some cases may extend well beyond the borders of our Municipality, requiring a lot of travel and labor-intensive work, as well as prosecution that may involve multiple agencies and jurisdictions.
Officers assigned to the Criminal Investigative Division receive specialty training that assists them in performing their duties with greater ease and success. They receive training on interview and interrogation techniques, processing crime scenes (including locating and lifting fingerprints), handling evidence, and other investigative techniques.