21.00.010     CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS      (CALEA 42.2.1)

 

Only sworn officers of this Department conduct criminal investigations.  When initiating or being assigned to a criminal investigation, officers will strive to develop information through appropriate and available resources, including but not limited to witnesses, victims, informants, evidence collection, surveillance, and gathering background information.  Officers must follow laws, policies, rules and regulations as well as their training when utilizing existing investigative resources, and will conduct themselves in a courteous and professional manner.  Self-assigned criminal investigations are strictly prohibited.

 

Unless directed by a supervisor, employees will not provide information about a criminal investigation to sources outside the law enforcement community.  If an employee has information believed to be “newsworthy” s/he should seek clearance for the release of information via their supervisor so the release may be coordinated through the Public Information Officer.