Criminal Investigations Bureau
Bureau Commander: Captain Captain John Ellis
Assistant Bureau Commander: Lieutenant Jason Young
Current Assigned Strength: 10 detectives
The Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB) is responsible for day-to-day investigative assignments. This bureau is divided into four units: Crimes Against Persons, Crimes Against Property, Family Crimes, and the Forensic Services Unit. Each unit has unique responsibilities as it relates to the investigation of criminal activity. The investigators assigned to the different units receive specialized training directly related to the types of cases they will investigate.
Crimes Against Persons Unit
The Crimes Against Persons Unit is responsible for investigating cases that involve assault, battery, robbery, arson and other crimes of violence like felonious assault, malicious wounding and murder. Three detectives and a lieutenant are assigned to this division. HPD detectives have been called upon to teach criminal investigation classes to students at nearby Marshall University and have been selected to receive specialized training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Crimes Against Property Unit
The Crimes Against Property Unit receives the largest case load of all our units. The unit has five detectives and one sergeant assigned to the squad.
The Crimes Against Property Unit investigates crimes like burglary, larceny, breaking and entering, and fraud. This unit has seen the need to dedicate more time to the investigation of white collar crimes involving credit card fraud and internet fraud. This unit was responsible for investigating a series of residential burglaries in the city. Investigators were able to identify two suspects and their arrests brought resolution to over 15 cases in the city and the outlying areas of Cabell County.
Family Crimes Unit
The Family Crimes Unit consists of a sergeant and two investigators. Detectives are responsible for investigating cases of domestic violence, crimes against children, and sexual assaults. Due to the diverse nature of these investigations, the officers work very closely with other agencies to ensure the safety and well-being of the families they serve.
The unit is also responsible for investigating property crimes that involved family members. The members of the Family Crimes Unit took on an integral role in the establishment of a county-wide Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). The investigators have been called upon to provide training to many components of the SART including law enforcement, victim advocates, victim services and medical services. The procedures developed by this team became standard protocol for response to victims of sexual assault.
Forensic Investigations Unit
The Forensic Investigation Unit is staffed by two sergeants. These highly skilled detectives specialize in the areas of latent print identification, bloodstain pattern analysis, shooting reconstruction and footwear comparison. The detectives are responsible for the collection, analysis, documentation and interpretation of evidence in a wide array of crime scene investigations. They have been recognized in court as experts in these disciplines. By virtue of their experience and expertise, they are often sought to assist outside agencies in the processing of various crime scenes and the analysis and interpretation of evidence that has been collected.
In addition to their duties at the Huntington Police Department, each member of the unit serves as faculty and guest instructors for the Marshall University Forensic Science Program. They prepare students for the real-world application of their classroom instruction by mentoring students through their internship program. They also conduct exercises at the Marshall University crime scene house and mock court scenarios for the students.
In 2012 the Forensic Investigation Unit investigated 208 cases, was called out on 104 occasions, and entered 137 cases into the AFIX tracker which led to 27 hits. The Huntington Police Department has the only senior crime scene analysts in the state of West Virginia.