County Sheriff Department Detective Bureau is comprised of seven (7) criminal
investigators. In addition, two (2) task force deputies are assigned to
drug investigations with the DEA along with one (1) deputy who is assigned to
the local Lawnet drug unit.
The following is a
breakdown of the Detective Bureau personnel and a brief job description for
The oversight for
the Detective Bureau is the responsibility of one (1) Detective Lieutenant
who is assigned to oversee all administrative and operational aspects of the
bureau. This includes all of the department's drug forfeitures, defense
reutilization and marketing office business (de-classified military equipment
issued to law enforcement), arson investigations, cold case investigations
and communication with the mass media on large scale investigations. Also
included is overseeing evidence and property room procedures including drug
disposal, the supervision of the six (6) detectives, one (1) detective
sergeant, two (2) DEA drug task force officers, one (1) Lawnet undercover
task force officer and one (1) property room officer.
Lieutenant is assisted by one (1) Detective Sergeant: The Detective
Sergeant is assigned as a working supervisor who is charged with not only
conducting his own investigations, but overseeing the investigations of the
field detectives as well as reviewing road patrol reports for case
assignment. The Detective Sergeant is tasked with many additional
responsibilities including but not limited to: being in charge of the
major crimes task force, supervising the evidence technicians, and working as
a liaison with all of the other law enforcement/fire departments in the
county. The Detective Sergeant works closely with the Detective
Lieutenant to ensure the smooth operation of the Bureau.
Detectives: Detectives are assigned cases where the original report had
previously been taken by a road patrol deputy. The detectives are
charged with conducting the follow-up investigation, which will bring closure
to the case. Many times this means, drafting search warrants, following
up on leads, and tracking down suspect(s) in and outside of Livingston
County. The detectives are trained in evidence collection, crime scene
photography, surveillance, interview and interrogation, and many other
aspects of criminology. Their special skills, combined with their years
of investigative experience are a true asset to the Sheriff Department and
the citizens they serve.
Three (3) Drug Task
Force Agents: Two (2) of these agents are assigned to the DEA Detroit
Field Office, which oversees Livingston County. These agents work on large
scale drug investigations, which at times cross county and state lines.
One (1) of the Task Force Agents is assigned to a local drug unit, which
works under the direction and authority of the Michigan State Police.
All of these agents strive to keep drugs from coming into our community and
affecting our way of life.
Property/Evidence Room is maintained by one (1) property room
custodian. His job entails inventorying and safely storing evidence,
the destruction of turned in drugs/drug evidence once adjudicated,
maintaining an inventory of all of the department forfeiture vehicles,
transporting evidence to both the State Police Lab in Lansing as well as
fingerprint evidence to AFIS (automated fingerprint identification system) in