Under Assistant Chief Craig Jordan
The mission of the Investigations Unit is to aid in the Police Department's overall mission by providing quality, professional, and ethical criminal investigations and crime victim services.
The Abilene/Taylor County Child Advocacy Center and the Crime Victim Advocate fall directly under the Assistant Chief of Police over Investigations.
Investigations also include the Major Investigations Bureau (MIB) that houses the Persons, Forensics, Property, Fraud Units, and Narcotics and Auto Crimes. Investigations also include the Special Investigations Bureau (SIB) that houses the Youth, Cyber Crimes, School Resource Officers (SRO), Special Victims Unit, Sex Offender Registry, and Safety City.
The mission of the Abilene/Taylor County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) is to work together with our community to promote hope and healing for child abuse victims and provide support for non-offending caregivers.
CAC services include:
A Safe Environment
The CAC provides a safe, family-friendly environment where children are given the opportunity to tell their stories. A forensic interview is an interview where the goal is to obtain detailed facts from children. The interview is conducted by a trained, unbiased interviewer who uses a strictly governed questioning format. The interview is recorded on a DVD and can be observed via closed-circuit television by investigative professionals. The recorded interview stands as the child's statement regarding the offense.
Cooperative Joint Investigations
The CAC is an interagency, multidisciplinary program, and the purpose of all Child Advocacy Centers across the country is to facilitate cooperative joint investigations of child abuse cases, essentially bringing all of the various multidisciplinary team members together simultaneously so that the best possible investigation can be done with the least negative impact upon the child and the family. If you suspect child abuse or neglect, you are required by law to report it by calling the Statewide Child Abuse Hotline at 800-252-5400. To learn more about the Child Advocacy Center and specifics about child abuse, please visit www.cactx.org
The Major Investigations Bureau (MIB)consists of five specialized Units dealing with various crimes. Included in this Bureau are the Persons Unit, the Forensics Unit, the Property Unit, the Fraud Unit, Narcotics, and the Auto Crimes Unit.
MIB consists of a lieutenant, four sergeants, several detectives, and a few undercover agents.
The crime against Persons detectives are responsible for investigating some of the more graphic and high-profile crimes in our City. These crimes include Robbery, Homicide, Simple and Aggravated Assaults, and a variety of other crimes committed against individuals and businesses.
Forensics is comprised of three technicians that assist MIB and other Departments with investigations. This unit is responsible for gathering and intake of specific crime scene evidence that includes DNA, fingerprints, and other evidence that is vital for successful prosecution.
The Property Unit detectives are responsible for investigating crimes involving the property of citizens. These include Theft, Burglary of Motor Vehicles, and a variety of other crimes.
The Fraud Unit detectives are responsible for investigating crimes involving Fraud, Counterfeiting, Stolen identity, and a host of other crimes against citizens. Fraud and counterfeiting have been on the rise due to the availability of technology do commit these crimes.
Narcotics' primary function is to investigate drug smuggling, distribution, and the use and abuse of controlled substances. In addition, Narcotics is responsible for investigating fraudulent prescriptions for controlled substances.
The Auto Crimes detectives are responsible for investigating crimes related to Burglaries of Motor Vehicles. They conduct vehicle identification number certification and assist other investigators with various crimes.
The Special Investigations Bureau (SIB) consists of four specialized Units dealing with various crimes. This Bureau includes Youth, Cyber Crimes, School Resource Officer program, Special Victims Unit, Sex Offender Registry program, and Safety City.
MIB consists of a lieutenant, three sergeants, numerous detectives, and a few undercover agents.
The Division's mission is to provide for the care, protection, and wholesome moral, mental, and physical development of children in its jurisdiction. At the same time, the division's mission includes protecting the community from unlawful acts committed by children. The division is committed to these functions through effective investigation of juvenile crime while stressing proactive programming that seeks to prevent juvenile crime and promote child safety.
The Division's Investigative Unit is primarily responsible for investigating all offenses in the community committed by juveniles. The unit does not investigate crimes against children unless the suspect is also a juvenile. The Unit also investigates all cases of missing persons reported to the department regardless of age. The Department has a trained, critical missing person team that is able to respond to any scene within 30 minutes. This team is also available to area agencies.
The Unit is headed up by a Sergeant and employs 3 Investigators to assist with the apprehension of online predators and others preying on our youngest people. They work in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety Investigators, the Department of Homeland Security, and other outside agencies in working cases and making arrests of suspects who target young victims.
School Resource Officer Program
The Department has partnered with both Abilene and Wylie Independent School Districts to provide uniformed officers (School Resource Officers SROs) in the schools. These eight officers assist with helping the school systems with security and safety in the schools. The SRO program also assists with the school's Campus Crime Stoppers program, which has proven to be very successful.
Special Victims Unit
The detectives in the SVU Children Unit assist the Department in bringing justice for the smallest victims of crime in our community. The unit works collaboratively with the Child Advocacy Center to secure vital evidence for prosecution.
The detectives in the SVU Family Violence Unit deal with crime occurring in the family unit, which does not deal specifically with
Sex Offender Registry
The Sex Offender Registry Detective helps the Department and the State keep up-to-date records of the sex offenders living within the City limits of Abilene. Offenders are required to notify the Sex Offender Registry Detective of their location and if they have moved or are planning to move.
The Melvin Martin Center for Children's Safety
Safety City is an educational facility featuring a "child-size" town of miniature buildings, streets, crosswalks, functional traffic lights, sidewalks, a working railroad crossing, and a school bus. It is designed to teach children safety regarding walking, biking, fire, stranger awareness, and other personal safety as it relates to being a child.
Each year, the Center hosts thousands of children from around Abilene and surrounding counties to learn safety as they visit the Center for a full day of safety lessons.
A state-of-the-art fire education center opened in September 2009 that allows firefighters to teach home fire safety and to fill a room with simulated smoke, allowing children to practice escape plans and gather at a designated meeting location. Construction on a police education building was completed in March 2011. This building houses a new classroom with stadium-style seating and interactive learning tools.
Per the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, each local law enforcement agency shall designate one person to serve as the agency’s crime victim liaison. The position has responsibility for ensuring crime victims and their families are afforded the rights available to them – as mandated by state law. These duties were previously assigned to our Police Chaplain and include providing crisis intervention and support, victim’s rights notifications, protective order assistance, and maintenance of records of services offered.
In addition to supporting our adult victims of crime(s), the position will support employee health and wellness. It is of utmost importance that we are proactive in promoting resiliency and wellness by having a staff member in-house able to offer education, counseling, and support services. Although there are many services already available to our employees, I see great value in creating a dedicated non-sworn position to support these interests. Additionally, note that the position will oversee our Chaplaincy Program moving forward and take on other duties as assigned.