The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is commanded by a Lieutenant and two Sergeants. One Sergeant is assigned to General Investigations and the other to Special Investigations.
General Investigations maintains a twenty-four hour availability status by rotating an on-call schedule for investigations and crime scene processing. Investigators conduct follow-up investigations on incidents reported to the department. Types of investigations may range from misdemeanor thefts to homicide, and all crimes in between.
The skills many of the investigators and civilians have brought to or acquired during their time in CID, allow for most aspects of all investigations to be completed in house. These include conducting voice stress analysis on subjects involved in crimes, translation services by the Senior Secretary assigned to CID, processing crime scenes and producing composite drawings of suspects and items used during the commission of crimes.
Investigators assigned to General Investigations have the responsibility of conducting criminal investigations consisting of interviewing witnesses, and victims, to identifying, locating and arresting suspects, presenting cases to the prosecutor and assisting in the prosecution of the defendant, and locating, identifying, and preserving physical evidence at crime scenes.
Investigators assigned to Special Investigations have the responsibility of following up on assigned cases but also initiating cases from contacts in the community. In addition to their investigative duties, investigators are often called upon for speaking engagements related to drug and gang prevention.
Crime Scene and Evidence Processing
Two General Investigators are designated as the department’s crime scene processors. These investigators have received specialized training in the recovery and preservation of evidence. This includes, but is not limited to, photographing and videotaping crime scenes, measuring and sketching crime scenes, and recovering latent prints and DNA.
Property and Evidence Unit
The Property and Evidence Custodians are responsible for the maintenance of evidence records, storage, and disposal and release of property and evidence submitted by officers of the department.
The Training Division is comprised of a Lieutenant and a Sergeant. Both are Georgia POST Instructors. The sergeant also serves as the Department’s Range Master and Chief Firearms Instructor.
In addition to coordinating and instructing training classes, this division also oversees the department’s Armory, Firearms Maintenance and Field Training Programs.
Training responsibilities include coordination of police officer basic training, field training of new police officers, firearms and taser training, in-service training in which each sworn officer is state mandated to receive 20 hours of specialized training annually to maintain their certification and powers of arrest and civilian training, to include telecommunication and community service personnel.
Field Training and Evaluation Program
The purpose of the Field Training and Evaluation Program is to screen and train newly hired police officers so that each is prepared to function as a “solo” officer at the conclusion of the training cycle. The Field Training & Evaluation Program teaches the new officer to transform the knowledge learned in the classroom (academy), to skills in the field. This training is 17 weeks of intensive on-the-job training conducted by a corporal of the Uniform Patrol Division. Each corporal has the dual responsibility of providing police services to the citizens, as well as conducting the training and evaluations for the new officers. During the Field Training and Evaluation Program, the new officer is evaluated and required to meet standards in thirty performance categories that cover areas of critical performance task, frequent performance task, knowledge, attitude and relations, and appearance.
The Sergeant assigned to the Training Division is responsible for the general administration and evaluation of the Field Training and Evaluation Program. The Training Sergeant monitors the overall development of the new officers during the training period for the purposes of ascertaining any deficiencies and resolving them through training and retraining.
Support Services Quartermaster
The Support Services Sergeant is assigned to serve as the department’s quartermaster, maintaining control and inventory of departmental property. He also maintains the fleet of department vehicles and furnishes them with emergency equipment. This sergeant additionally supervises and oversees security of the Municipal Court, departmental Warrant Officers, Terminal Agency Coordinators and Record Coordinators.
The Support Services Bureau is also responsible for the processing and coordination of special events held throughout the city and their associated permits.
The Gainesville Police Department has two police officers assigned to the service of warrants. A majority of these warrants are bench and probation warrants that originate in the Municipal Court. However, these officers also serve warrants that originate from other agencies and jurisdictions. Additionally, these officers coordinate prisoner transportation for persons arrested on City of Gainesville warrants by outside agencies.
GCIC and Records Sections
The Terminal Agency Coordinator (TAC) oversees the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) functions. These functions include processing expungements and Criminal History requests and entering and removing data into the GCIC system (such as stolen/recovered items and vehicles, missing persons, etc). The TAC also supervises two Data Terminal Operators who are assigned to this component.
The Records section of the Gainesville Police Department is comprised of one civilian supervisor, one open records coordinator and three record clerks. Personnel in this section are responsible for the completion of payroll for the department, open records requests and the completion of the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) report. This is a monthly report that is forwarded to the State of Georgia and then to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for crime statistics compilation.
The Records Section receives and maintains all documentation generated by the police department connected with day to day operations. These include crash reports, incident reports and follow up investigative reports. They collect fees for various permits, wrecker bills, expungements, and report copies.
The Gainesville Police Department’s Police Chaplain Unit was re-established in 2011, in an effort to better serve our officers and community.
The Police Chaplain Unit is comprised of ordained or appointed clergy members who volunteer their services to the department. The Police Chaplains provide emotional and spiritual support to employees, their families, retirees and citizens during times of crisis, sorrow, conflict and joy, both individually and collectively.
The Chaplains frequently ride with the officers on patrol and is there to assist in those cases where his/her counsel and advice may be helpful. The Chaplains, upon request, respond to incidents of a serious nature to assist those involved by acting as a liaison between victims, their families, and the Gainesville Police Department. They also assist the department in making family notifications of serious injury or death. The Chaplains serve in ceremonial functions consistent with the position such as funerals, memorial services and religious ceremonies.
Gainesville Police Chaplains are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.