The Anaheim Police Department Detective Division is charged with the responsibility of the investigations of felony and misdemeanor crimes occurring within its jurisdiction. The Division is responsible for the identification, apprehension, interrogation, prosecution of offenders, case clearance and the processing of stolen and recovered property. Detectives also investigate non-criminal activity, such as missing persons and juvenile related matters.
The Division is divided into two separate Bureaus: Crimes Persons and Crimes Property. The specialized Details in the Crimes Persons Bureau consist of Juvenile/Sex Crimes; Robbery/Homicide; Assaults and Forensic Services. The Crimes Property Bureau handles Residential and Commercial Burglaries, Thefts, Auto Thefts, Economic Crimes and the service of Arrest Warrants. The Crimes Property Bureau also handles Computer Crimes. Investigators also process crime scenes forensically, and serve outstanding arrest warrants. In recent years the Forensic Detail has been civilianized. Sworn Police Investigators no longer process crime scenes; civilian employees have assumed these duties.
In the mid 1950s The Anaheim Police Department appointed the first full time Detectives. Prior to that time, investigations of criminal matters were handled by the patrol officer that initially handled the case. In major criminal cases, the Anaheim Police Department was assisted by Investigators from the Orange County Sheriffs Department.
Over the next 40 years, the Detective Division has grown to handle every type of criminal activity which is brought to the Departments attention. Working with a variety of resources and contacts from outside organizations, the Detective Division follows through on reports taken by Patrol Officers, Police Service Representatives and Cadets.
By the early 1980s, the Detective Division outgrew the space that was allocated to them in the Police facility. An increase in population and territory brought an increase in criminal activity. The Detective Division, which was broken up into the specific details, continued to add manpower. Building remodeling plans include added office space for Detectives.
If you feel you have been the victim of a crime in Anaheim, check the Directory and contact the Detective responsible for that type of crime. If you would like to check out the opportunities for a career as a Police Detective, Cadet, or Police Service Representative, check out the Job Opportunities Section.