In fiscal year 2010-2011, two divisions were combined into one. This division is responsible for providing investigation and follow-up services associated with all major crimes, as well as overseeing the centralized administrative functions of the police department. The police personnel assigned to Investigations and Support Services work specialized assignments such as automotive thefts, financial crimes, burglaries, court coordination, homicide, domestic violence, victim advocacy, robbery, sex crimes, and forensics. The detectives conduct intense follow-up investigations and prepare cases for court prosecutors to deliver justice to crime victims. The Special Enforcement Team (SET), which focuses on inter-agency operations and narcotics surveillance, is also under Investigations. The police personnel assigned to Administration include Communications, the Records Department, Professional Standards and Training, the Property and Evidence Unit, and the support staff for the Chief of Police. After a report is taken in the field by a patrol officer, it is forwarded to the detective desk for investigation. Detectives follow up on leads, interview witnesses, victims and suspects and build a case against those who commit crimes in our community.
From fraud and theft to kidnapping and murder, West Covina Police detectives spend many hours following up on information, pursuing leads, and solving crimes. Detectives are the ones who file cases against criminals and work hand in hand with the district attorney’s office for successful prosecution. West Covina Police Department detectives are assigned to the Investigations Bureau for 2 to 3 years. At the end of their detail, detectives go back into uniforms and patrol the streets of the city, using the knowledge they have gained in the Investigations Division to better serve the community. If you have information that will help the West Covina Police detectives solve a crime, please call (626) 939-8510