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The Central Investigations Division is commanded by a Tucson Police Department Captain. The Division consists of three sections, each commanded by a Tucson Police Department Lieutenant.
- Violent Crimes Section
- Homicide Unit
- Aggravated Assault Unit
- Robbery Unit
- Night Detective Units
- Family and Sex Crimes Section
- Domestic Violence Unit
- Dependent Child Unit
- Child Sexual Abuse Unit
- Adult Sexual Assault Unit
- Sex Offender Registration and Tracking (SORT) Unit
- Internet Crimes Against Children Unit
- Property Crimes Section
- Auto Theft Unit
- Arizona Auto Theft Task Force
- Burglary Unit
- Court Liaison
- Vulnerable Adult Abuse and Exploitation Unit
- Fraud and Financial Crimes Unit
- Major Theft Offenders/ Pawn Unit
Often referred to as one of the two “Detective Divisions,” (along with the Special Investigations Division), its members respond to crime scenes and complete preliminary and follow-up investigations, conduct research to establish common links between crimes, identify and arrest violent offenders, and provide statistical information on criminal activity.
If you have information about a crime that has occurred and wish to provide that information anonymously, please call 520-88-CRIME (520-882-7463) or at http://www.tucsonaz.gov/police/submit-tip
Violent Crimes Section
Homicide Unit, 520-791-4800
This Unit is currently staffed with one sergeant and nine detectives. Seven detectives are assigned to active investigations. Two detectives are assigned to Cold Case investigations. The Homicide Unit is responsible for investigating all criminal deaths that occur in the city limits, excluding gang-related deaths and in-home child abuse (under age 18, which are handled by the Dependent Child Unit). The unit also investigates suspicious or unknown deaths, suicides, natural deaths and arson deaths. Additionally, the unit serves as the official police department shooting investigation team and conducts an investigation whenever an officer discharges his/her firearm in the line of duty.
The Unit works closely with the Office of the Medical Examiner and the Pima County Attorney's Office during the investigation and adjudication of a case.
Aggravated Assault Unit, 520-791-4800
The Unit is currently staffed with one sergeant and six detectives. The Aggravated Assault Unit is responsible for the investigation of all assaults where circumstances are "aggravated" to the point of making them serious enough to warrant prison sentences upon conviction. Aggravated circumstances include:
- Use of a deadly weapon
- Assaults resulting in serious physical injuries
- Assaults on police officers, firefighters, and doctors
- Assaults on minors by adults
Assaults involving gangs, domestic violence, and child abuse are handled by other Units specializing in the investigation of those crimes.
Robbery Unit, 520-791-4800
The Unit is currently staffed with one sergeant, seven detectives, and a crime analyst. The Robbery Unit is responsible for the investigation of all bank robberies, commercial house robberies, highway robberies, and carjackings. The Robbery Unit works closely with the FBI during the investigation of bank robberies.
Night Detective Units, 520-791-4800
The Unit is currently staffed with two sergeants and twelve detectives. The Units are comprised of two squads that provide investigative support seven nights a week, from 6:00 pm to 4:00 am. The Unit assists patrol officers during the evening/night hours by being immediately available to respond to serious incidents or felony investigations where there is a need for detectives. The Night Detectives are trained to handle a majority of the investigations that occur nightly. The Unit primarily coordinates the investigative responses and resources to assist patrol officers by either participating in the initial investigation themselves or by coordinating another detective Unit to assist. The Unit is also an information resource to patrol personnel by answering questions concerning recommended actions to take during particular investigations.
Family and Sex Crimes Section
Domestic Violence (DV) Unit, 520-791-5159
This Unit is comprised of one sergeant and ten detectives. The Unit conducts domestic violence follow-up investigations after a patrol officer documents the initial incident. The mission of the Domestic Violence Unit is to enforce Domestic Violence laws; assist victims through the judicial process, and effect change in people's lives through advocacy, education and referral to community services while providing the opportunity to facilitate lifestyle changes to break the cycle of violence.
The Domestic Violence Unit also has a training function, providing training to Tucson Police Department members as well as to the public upon request.
Dependent Child Unit (DCU), 520-791-5159
This Unit is comprised of one sergeant and six detectives. This Unit investigates cases of physical abuse of children. These investigations include a wide range of criminal violations inflicted upon children ranging from child neglect to infanticide. It is the mission of this Unit to investigate these cases for the successful prosecution of the perpetrator and to restore the safety and wellbeing of all children.
The Dependent Child Unit investigates the following cases:
- All juvenile deaths, excluding traffic related
- Serious injury cases involving juveniles while in the care of a parent, guardian, babysitter, school or child care facility
- Non-custodial assaults of children eight or under
- Drowning or near drowning
- Questionable accidents involving juveniles
- Review of custodial interference cases
- Serious neglect of juveniles where the child's health or safety has been significantly imperiled, to include child exposure to illicit drug activity
Child Sexual Assault (CSA) Unit, 520-791-5159
This Unit is comprised of one sergeant and five detectives. This Unit investigates sex offenses involving victims under the age of 18. Under guidelines established through a cooperative effort amongst all partner agencies, personnel from this Unit work jointly with Arizona Child Protective Services, the Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center, and the Pima County Attorney’s Office. The goal of this partnership is to ensure the safety and welfare of victimized children.
Adult Sexual Assault (ASA) Unit, 520-791-5159
The Unit is comprised of one sergeant and four detectives. The Adult Sexual Assault Unit is responsible for the investigation of sexual assaults and other sexually motivated crimes where the victim is 18 years of age and older. The Unit also handles home invasions and burglaries where sexual motivation is apparent. The Unit works closely with the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (SACASA) to ensure victims receive the necessary support and assistance during investigation and adjudication of the case.
The Adult Sexual Assault Unit investigates the following cases:
- Sexual assault (and attempted sexual assault)
- Indecent exposure
- Public sexual indecency
- Peeping Toms
GENERAL SAFETY TIPS
- Keep doors and windows locked at all times. It can be risky to leave windows or door open in the summer for ventilation purposes
- Do not patronize businesses with poor outdoor lighting at night. If you must be out alone at night, stay in well-lighted areas
- Be alert and aware of your surroundings, especially when using ATM machines, pumping gasoline, or walking while carrying an armload of packages
Engaging in high-risk behaviors dramatically increase your chances of becoming a sexual assault victim. Do not purchase or use illicit drugs, drink alcohol to excess, accept or offer rides to those with whom you are not well acquainted.
REDUCING YOUR RISK OF DRUG OR ALCOHOL FACILITATED SEXUAL ASSAULT
- Don't drink beverages that you did not open yourself.
- Don't share or exchange drinks with anyone else.
- Don't drink from a container that is being passed around.
- If possible, bring your own drinks to parties. If someone offers you a drink from the bar at a club or a party, accompany the person to the bar to order your drink, watch the drink being poured, and carry the drink yourself.
- Don't leave your drink unattended while talking, dancing, using the restroom, or making a phone call. If you realize that your drink has been left unattended, discard it.
- Don't drink anything that has an unusual taste or appearance (e.g., salty taste, excessive foam, unexplained residue).
- DO NOT MIX DRUGS AND ALCOHOL. THE EFFECTS OF COMBINING ALCOHOL AND DRUGS CAN LEAD TO UNCONSCIOUSNESS AND THE INABILITY TO PROTECT YOURSELF.
Sex Offender Registration and Tracking (SORT) Unit, 520-791-5159
This unit is staffed by one sergeant and four detectives. This Unit is primarily responsible for verifying the addresses of sex offenders who reside within the city limits and for disseminating community notifications as mandated by Arizona State law. Additionally, the Unit arrests and assists in the prosecution of sex offender absconders who have failed to comply with registration requirements. This Unit is also responsible for investigations involving Missing Juveniles and Child Abductions.
Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit, 520-791-5159
This Unit is comprised of the SORT Sergeant and two detectives. This unit is responsible for investigating Internet child pornography and child predator activity. This Unit is a member in good standing of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and works closely with the United States Marshal’s Child Predator Apprehension Team.
Submit anonymous tips on Violent Crime to:
Property Crimes Section
Auto Theft, 520-791-4664
How to report a stolen vehicle
- Call 9-1-1.
- Have your license plate or VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) available. Keep the title in a safe place other than your vehicle. This document has your VIN on it. Your insurance policy paperwork also has your VIN on it.
- Call 520-791-4664 to update your phone number or address. That’s how you are notified when your vehicle is recovered.
- If your car is returned to you, call 9-1-1 to officially report your vehicle as recovered.
What happens when you report your vehicle stolen?
- Patrol officers are notified within 30 minutes of your report.
- If your car is repossessed by a lending company, they must notify the law enforcement agency for that jurisdiction.
- Your stolen vehicle is entered into a national crime computer.
- Approximately 70% of stolen vehicles are recovered.
Auto theft prevention tips
1.5 million vehicles are stolen in the United States each year. The Tucson Police Department recommends having one or more auto theft prevention devices:
Alarms, ignition disabling devices, steering wheel locking devices
Lo/Jack — The Tucson Police Department has Lo/Jack tracking devices installed in many of its patrol vehicles
Arizona Auto Theft Task Force
The Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force (AVTTF) was established in January 1997 to provide statewide expertise in the investigation of property crimes involving stolen vehicles, related components and insurance fraud. The task force is comprised of city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies participating in a concerted effort to identify, apprehend, and prosecute individuals and criminal organizations that profit from the theft of motor vehicles and related crimes. The AVTTF also provides subject matter expertise, training and investigative support to law enforcement agencies targeting vehicle theft and related crimes.
Burglary Detail, 520-791-5171
The Burglary Unit encourages you to report any specific information that may help to recover stolen property and arrest those responsible for burglaries.
To report any crime in progress or to have an initial report taken, please call 9-1-1.
To report specific information regarding stolen property or suspect information involving burglaries, or information about individuals who are committing burglaries, please call 520-791-5171.
You may also report information anonymously through 88-CRIME (520-882-7463) and may receive payment for accurate information leading to the arrest and conviction of offenders.
Vulnerable Adult Abuse and Exploitation Unit, 520-791-4481
"The Elder Abuse Coalitions is an organization of state and local governmental and nonprofit agencies working cooperatively to increase awareness, recognition, and prosecution of elder abuse and fraud through coordination, advocacy, and support of local elder abuse task forces."
The Elder Abuse Task Force is a countywide task force comprised of the Arizona Attorney General's Office, the Tucson Police Department, and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. This unit will review/investigate and when appropriate, prosecute any abuses of the elderly.
Fraud and Financial Crimes Detail, 520-791-4481
Criminal offenses involving fraud are well documented as being the fastest growing type of crime in North America. Correlated directly to the increase with the popularity of methamphetamine possession and production, “meth-fraud” crimes include identity theft, counterfeit checks, and stolen/fraudulent use of credit cards. The Fraud unit investigates these types of cases in addition to the traditional “white-collar” crimes such as embezzlement. We work closely with the United States Secret Service to investigate counterfeit money and the United States Postal Service to investigate cases of stolen/recovered mail.
We have setup a webpage concerning ID Theft, Fraud and Scams with advice in how to avoid becoming a victim. To learn how not to be a victim check our Fraud Prevention page.
Embezzlement cases can be especially difficult crimes to investigate. In cooperation with the Pima County Attorney’s Office, the protocol is to have these cases “trial ready” before an arrest is made. To assist us in preparing case for investigation, please download and complete the Embezzlement Package .