Huntington Police Department - Huntington, WV

Special Investigations Bureau

Bureau Commander:
Rocky Johnson

The Special Investigations Division is comprised of detectives assigned to various federal task forces focused on organized and violent crimes investigations. We currently have four detectives assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Violent Crimes Drug Task Force, one detective assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force, and one detective assigned to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) River City Gun Task Force. Each task force is often supported operationally by officers assigned to the Special Emphasis Unit (SEU) and K-9 Unit.

The primary mission of each task force is to identify and dismantle violent drug/gun trafficking organizations (DTO) operating within our city and the surrounding area. Each task force relies heavily on crime analysis, intelligence gathering and surveillance to identify individuals who are part of a DTO. Upon the identification of offenders, cases are worked utilizing federal conspiracy statutes to link overt acts of individuals to others in a criminal organization. This enables law enforcement officers to arrest and prosecute entire groups of offenders responsible for crimes and criminal acts occurring over a period of time. Federal sentencing guidelines often result in stiff prison terms imposed on offenders. Other methods of enforcement include undercover street-level buys, open-air drug market suppression, prostitution operations, and buy bust drug operations targeting dealers.