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Criminal Investigations Bureau

The Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB) of the Arvada Police Department is responsible for the investigation of:

  • Crimes that are particularly serious in nature (i.e., homicide, aggravated assaults, sexual assaults, burglary, robbery, etc.);
  • Cases involving extensive follow up (forgeries, thefts where the items were pawned);
  • Cases requiring specific expertise (Crimes Against Children); and,
  • Legislatively mandated functions (Domestic Violence, Sexual Offender, and Elderly Abuse).

Patrol officers in Arvada traditionally file cases that can be completed in an expedient manner. This philosophy serves two purposes. First, it allows our patrol officers to maintain a level of expertise in case investigation and follow-up. Second, it allows our CIB to focus on complicated cases that have a higher priority or an extended investigative commitment.

The decision to refer a case to CIB often depends on the individual circumstances such as a suspect being arrested during the commission of the crime, the degree of follow up before and after an arrest is made, specific expertise that is needed for a successful prosecution and crime scene processing.

Staffing

Number Role

1

Commander

3

Sergeants

5

Crimes Against Children

5

Crimes Against Persons

1

Domestic Violence

9

General Assignment

1

Senior Liaison

1

Digital Evidence/General Assignment

1

Intelligence Investigator

1

Sex Offender Registrations

4

Crime Scene Investigators (CSI)

1

Traffic Detective

1

Patrol Detective

1

Civilian Liquor Investigator

West Metro Drug Task Force

In addition, CIB oversees the Arvada Police Department’s participation in the multi-jurisdictional West Metro Drug Task Force (WMDTF).  This unit’s full responsibility is identifying and investigating drug trafficking organizations that import and distribute illegal substances in our community.

Staffing

Number Role

1

Sergeant

4

Detectives

Several members of the Criminal Investigations Bureau are trained and certified in administering polygraphs while another detective is considered an expert in the field of investigating crimes involving computers. All investigators take pride in continuing in-service training and maintaining top skills in their fields.