Investigations

Division Staff

The Investigations Division is divided into 2 units, Major Crimes and Special Investigations.  The Division is overseen by a Captain and has 2 Lieutenants, 1 Sergeant and 11 Investigators.  1 Lieutenant, 1 Sergeant and 8 Investigators make up the Major Crimes section of the Division and 1 Lieutenant and 2 Investigator are assigned to the Special Investigations section.  1 Investigator is assigned to the Administrative Division and serves as the Property & Evidence Custodian.  Major Crimes Investigators are responsible for the investigation of all assigned cases.  The Special Investigations Investigators are responsible for the investigation of narcotics offenses and are assigned to Regional and Federal Narcotics Task Forces.  The Investigator assigned to the Property & Evidence section is responsible for the receipt and accountability of all evidence, assisting with the proper packaging and preservation of evidence, assisting with completing all necessary laboratory analysis requests and delivering to and receiving from evidence being analyzed by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science.  Along with Basic Investigations training, Investigators assigned to the Division undergo extensive specialty training in many areas such as:
  • Crime Scene Photography
  • Interview & Interrogations and Child Forensic Interviewing Techniques
  • Basic and Advanced Death Investigations
  • Forensic Cell Phone, Cell Phone Tower Data and Computer Examinations
  • Child Abuse/Child Pornography Investigations

Forensics

4 Investigators with the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office are graduates of the Virginia Forensic Science Academy.   Along with the Captain of the Investigations Division, there are 2 Academy graduates assigned to the Major Crimes section and another assigned to Property & Evidence. The Forensic Academy graduates performs regular law enforcement or Investigator duties as well as serves in the capacity of a Forensic Technician at crime scenes.

A York County Forensic Technician is available to assist Deputies and Investigators on any crime scene 24 hours a day. An Investigator and/or Forensic Technician will routinely respond to complex crime scenes or crime scenes involving:
  • Blood spatter evidence
  • Homicides and Suicides
  • Suspicious or unnatural deaths or the death of a Child
  • Scenes which have fingerprint evidence that cannot be collected through conventional methods
  • Recovery of biological fluids or trace evidence such as hairs or fibers
  • Scenes where firearms discharged
  • Scenes where shoe impressions, tire impressions or tools marks need to be photographed
  • Scenes where large amounts of evidence need to be documented and collected