The Investigations Division performs various types of investigations ranging from misdemeanor crimes to serious felonies. Detectives use a variety of tools to solve crimes, including surveillance equipment, high tech computer databases and specialized training. Detectives are State Certified in Computer Crimes/Cyber Terrorism, Crime Scene Investigations, Juvenile Specialists, and Homicide Investigations.
A criminal investigation can be initiated by the following way: A Patrol Officer takes the initial report and turns it over to a Detective; an anonymous call is received on the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (630)892-1000; a referral from the State's Attorney's Office on a reported crime or by other law Enforcement Agencies. If there are viable leads, a Detective will start the investigation until a person is officially charged or all leads are exhausted. The Detectives are on-call 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
The Investigations Division is also responsible for: registering Sex Offenders in compliance with the Sex Offender Registration Act; performing background investigations for Village employment, backgrounds for liquor/solicitor/tobacco applicants and completing alcohol/tobacco compliance checks. Detectives transport evidence collected to the Illinois State Police Crime Laboratory for analysis on a regular basis .
Detectives are active members of The Kane County Major Crimes Task Force; Illinois Attorney General's Office – Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force; Crime Analysts of Illinois; Kendall County Child Advocacy Advisory Board; Fox Valley Investigators Association and host the Lower Fox Valley Investigators Association meetings.
Certified Juvenile Officers handle all criminal and status offenses involving persons under the age of 18 as victims or offenders. A status offense is a violation that if committed by an adult would not be considered a crime, such as curfew and or run-away children.