The Violent Crimes Division is under the command of Lieutenant Thomas Warnke, who answers directly to Assistant Chief Rick Styron. The division is directly supervised by Sergeant S. Skripka and operates within the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The division members work eight-hour shifts, five days a week, primarily Monday through Friday. Situations that require the services of a detective outside normal business hours are handled on a call-out basis.
The Violent Crimes Division investigates all crimes that require follow-up investigation from assault to homicide, excluding non-fatal incidents involving juveniles. The division routinely conducts follow-up investigations associated with preliminary investigations done within the patrol division, typically generated from calls for service or criminal activity that was actually witnessed or discovered by the officer in the course of duty. Detectives generally work "after the fact," gathering information to identify and ultimately apprehend perpetrators of a wide variety of crime. They routinely engage in the following: