The Investigations Division is divided into two units, Criminal Investigations and Special Investigations. A Captain, two Lieutenants, and two Sergeants oversee the Division, which is made up of 11 additional Investigators. Eight Investigators make up the Criminal Investigations section of the division and they are led by two Sergeants and a Lieutenant. Two Investigators and a Lieutenant are assigned to the Special Investigations section focusing on vice crimes.
The primary mission of the Criminal Investigations section is to investigate the complex criminal cases that take place in the County of York. The individuals assigned to this section investigate specific various types of crimes such as robbery, homicide, rapes, aggravated assault, economic crimes, etc. Crimes Investigators are responsible for the investigation of all assigned cases. Two members of the Special Investigations section are primarily responsible for the investigation of narcotics offenses and is assigned to a State Narcotics Task Force. A Lieutenant is also assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force.
Along with Basic Investigations training, Investigators assigned to the Division undergo extensive specialty training in many areas including, but not limited to:
- 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
Four members of the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office are graduates of the Virginia Forensic Science Academy. The Lieutenant of the Investigations Division and the Property & Evidence custodian are both graduates who perform 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