Criminal Investigations Division

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Captain Douglas R. Watson supervises the Criminal Investigations Division (CID). Captain Watson reports directly to the Deputy Chief of Police. The division is divided into two sections, the General Investigations Unit (GIU), and the Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

 

For questions or information regarding the Criminal Investigations Division, please call Captain Watson at (540) 545-4704.

General Investigations Unit

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The General Investigations Unit is responsible for the investigation of serious felonies and misdemeanors as well as conducting crime scene/forensic examinations. The majority of case assignments originate from Part I offenses that include murder, rape, arson, burglary, larceny, auto larceny, and aggravated assaults.

 

Detectives are assigned cases Criminal Investigations Division based on their expertise, knowledge, and skill qualification whenever possible. Detectives continually investigate financial crimes such as: embezzlement, forgery, credit card fraud, and other financial crimes. Detectives also conduct police officer applicant background investigations. This unit works closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies on joint investigations involving matters of mutual concern. One detective is dedicated to investigating violent crimes against women to include domestic assault which is funded through a state grant.

 

Additional information regarding crimes against women can be accessed at this link.

 

Crime Solvers

Anyone with information about a crime can call the Winchester-Frederick County Crime Solvers Hotline at (540) 665-TIPS (8477). Remember, callers may remain anonymous. If you have ANY information regarding any of the above-mentioned crimes, please call us any time at (540) 545-4704. If your information leads to an arrest and conviction, you may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Remember, you CAN remain anonymous.

 

Special Investigations Unit

The Special Investigations Unit is responsible for Narcotics, Gang Investigations, Fire & Explosives Investigations and Criminal Intelligence. SIU members participate in the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force and Northwest Regional Gang Task Force.

 

Any information from concerning drugs or gang activity, please contact (540) 545-4704.

 

 

Contact

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CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION

Captain Douglas R. Watson
231 E. Piccadilly Street
Winchester, VA 22601

 

(540) 545-4704