The Criminal Investigations Division is comprised of four units: General Investigations, Intelligence, Warrants and Narcotics. The overall mission of the division is to investigate crimes against people and property and to apprehend those persons responsible for crimes already committed.
Detectives are continually gathering and evaluating information. This involves the analysis of reported crimes, interactions with citizens and local merchants, interviews with suspects, victims and witnesses, the examination of evidence and an unrelenting desire to perform their sworn duty.
To enhance their effectiveness in criminalistics, detectives employ all resources available to them, including networking with other county, state and federal agencies. This allows detectives to gain information from surrounding jurisdictions and share technical expertise and experience.
General Investigations Unit detectives conduct a variety of investigations. The duties of an investigator may range from obtaining documentation relating to harassing phone calls, to retrieving essential DNA samples at a homicide scene. Each detective strives to excel in all aspects of criminology including evidence collection, interview and interrogation, case documentation and court testimony.
The Intelligence Unit conducts investigations, analyzes information and prepares bulletins and reports on police-related matters for department-wide dissemination. The unit is responsible for organizing and analyzing data from internal and external sources, and maintaining databases on criminal activity, parolees, confidential informants and any other group or activity identified for monitoring by the Commanding Officer of the Division
The Warrants Unit is assigned the task of actively pursuing and arresting those subjects who evade court proceedings. These detectives assist other divisions and agencies in the coordination of warrant executions for individual cases and are responsible for the maintenance of the division’s warrant tracking files.
The Narcotics Unit is primarily detailed with the suppression and control of the illegal drug trade by identifying and incarcerating drug traffickers and subjects who possess illegal substances. The detectives assigned to this unit are routinely in contact with confidential informants, developing and cultivating information on the dist
Community Advocacy & Strategic Initiatives (CASI)
The Community Advocacy and Strategic Initiatives Unit (CASI) has the responsibility to develop cutting edge strategies to control crime.
The White Plains Department of Public Safety has made a commitment to a policing paradigm that would fight crime on all fronts. On one front, the Department uses traditional strategies to target high-rate offenders, their illegal activities, and neighborhood hot spots. On the other, the Department’s CASI Unit has taken the lead in developing and implementing non-traditional programs to target the factors that drive down crime and violence. The entire Department embraces the philosophy that problem solving is the most effective method of reducing crime and maintaining order, especially when it is integrated with other private and public sector agencies in the community.The community partnerships developed have resulted in the creation of programs that provide enhanced services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and children exposed to trauma.
The Community Policing Unit identifies and implements neighborhood-based police services to reduce crime, improve the quality of life, and engage community members in building partnerships and solving problems.
This assignment is intended to encourage and foster inclusion of all community members when deploying Community Policing strategies. This initiative permits the Department of Public Safety to maximize its use of resources while serving the needs of the entire community.
Proactive strategies and tactics such as crime analysis, problem solving and community partnerships are used to creatively address crime and social issues that may lead to crime. CompStat information facilitates the identification of where and when resources are to be implemented. Collaboration with community partners identifies problems such as neighborhood decay, physical and social disorder. Together the police and community partners will deal with addressing the root of the identified problems.