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 Criminal Investigator


The Criminal Investigator will be responsible for the further investigation and prosecution of all felonies, thefts, frauds, burglaries, check cases, aggravated assaults and other such misdemeanors that require further investigation by a Patrol Officer. He shall perform other duties as may be assigned by the Chief or Officer-In-Charge of the Bureau. The Sergeant and Patrol Officer Criminal Investigators are directly responsible to the Officer-In-Charge of the Bureau who has full authority and direct control over all Investigators subject to any limitation set by the Chief.


It is the duty and responsibility of a Criminal Investigator to:

  1. Cooperate fully with other units within the Department and with departments and agencies in other jurisdictions. Make investigations for them and provide criminal records and other information to them, where such action does not conflict with any investigation being conducted by this Bureau or Department. In addition, be prepared to aid them in the apprehension of suspects or offenders, and generally, act as liaison officer between this Department and all similar bureaus or units in other police departments and law enforcement agencies.
  2. Be fully familiar with the law and departmental procedures and policies surrounding the handling of suspects, crime scene control, the care of prisoners, and the presentation of evidence in the court.
  3. Be familiar with known criminals, and their associates. Know their general behavior patterns, their hang-outs, and their modus operandi. Be alert for sources of information and cultivate them.
  4. Investigate promptly and diligently all crimes assigned, utilizing all available resources. Upon receipt of the case, immediately interview the complainant, victim and witness. When any person is interviewed or interrogated, identify himself properly before asking any questions.
  5. Keep his supervisory officer informed of the progress of his investigations and request additional instructions when further progress appears impossible. Also, communicate to his supervisory officer any information uncovered which relates to criminal activity beyond the scope of the immediate investigations.
  6. Submit a written report of his activities regarding assigned cases to the Officer-In-Charge of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Furnish such daily, monthly, or other reports as required from time to time by the Officer-In-Charge of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
  7. Follow up all cases until there is a final disposition or the case is declared inactive by the Officer-In-Charge of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
  8. Periodically contact the complainant or victim to apprise him or her of the state of the investigation. Within the first two weeks following a crime, personally contact the complainant or victim, for these purposes unless special reasons not to do so exist.
  9. Keep an accurate, up-to-date account of expenses incurred when on out-of-town assignment. Submit this account to the Officer-In-Charge of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation for his approval before presenting it for reimbursement.
  10. Make note on his report when an officer renders exceptional assistance in order that the officer rendering such assistance may receive due credit for his efforts.
  11. Carefully prepare cases for court. Prepare the presentation of facts, and ensure that his witnesses appear. Obtain the court disposition of all cases which he has presented to the Superior Court and inform the Officer-In-Charge of the Bureau of Investigation of the decision. Ensure that his witnesses are notified to appear in court.
  12. During the tour of duty, report at such intervals as the Chief and/or Officer-In-Charge of the Bureau of Investigation may designate.
  13. See that any assigned motor vehicle is well maintained mechanically and that it is kept clean both inside and out. Immediately report all defects and damages sustained to the vehicle to the Officer-In-Charge of the Bureau and complete all reports and forms required for such by current procedures. Have valid Massachusetts operator's license. Use the call number assigned to the car to contact headquarters. Operate the radio in line with FCC regulations and current departmental procedures. Whenever the car is left unattended or the radio is taken off the air, notify the Dispatcher giving location. When back in service, contact the Dispatcher informing him of such.
  14. Secure any vehicle which is left unattended, ensure that doors are locked and windows shut. When a vehicle returns to the station at the end of a tour of duty, ensure that the gas tank is filled.
  15. Communicate to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation all information received or known which may affect the safety of other members of the Department in the execution of their duties. For example, the identity of persons known to be carrying weapons.
  16. Meet periodically and in all other ways coordinate your police work with the other members of the Department assigned to operate in his sector.
  17. Be available by telephone or radio at all times during the tour of duty.
  18. Safeguard all property recovered; tag and stamp all lost, stolen or found property that comes into their possession. Submit a written report to the Officer-In-Charge citing the circumstance surrounding same.
  19. Perform other such duties as the Chief of Police, or his designee, may require.


  1. Periodically visit licensed business establishments such as open air parking lots, used car dealers, boarding houses, antique shops, junk yards, pawnbrokers, liquor stores, etc. Ensure that each license is in order and up to date and that nothing is present which violates its terms.
  2. Periodically visit establishments containing automatic amusement machines, juke boxes, pool tables and bowling alleys.
  3. Investigate complaints against licensed establishments and cooperate with and render assistance to the License Board in all matters.


  1. Fingerprint, photograph and prepare the necessary files on all prisoners. Make palm prints of prisoners accused of major crimes.
  2. Take non-criminal fingerprints only as directed by the Chief of Police or his designee.
  3. Investigate complaints against licensed establishments and cooperate with and render assistance to the License Board in all matters.
  4. Photograph
    1. Sites of fires of suspicious origin.
    2. Homicides
    3. Sudden deaths and suicides if there is a possibility of an inquest.
    4. Safe jobs
    5. City claims or incident which may result in a city claim.
    6. Persons arrested for misdemeanors relating to riot or illegal demonstration.
    7. Fingerprints
    8. Crime Scenes
    9. Victims of crimes
  5. Take such photographs as may be required by the Chief, Operations Commander or Officer-In-Charge of Investigations.
  6. Maintain a lost, stolen and found safe file.
  7. Have files so arranged as to be accessible to victims and witnesses for viewing.


  1. Conduct a daily review of automobile theft reports. Note those which will require investigative work and undertake investigation of them.
  2. Cooperate with other police departments and agencies in the investigation of auto larcenies and in the recovery of stolen cars. Make special efforts regarding persons who are arrested in other jurisdictions while driving cars stolen in the city.


  1. Receive complaints from banks and other establishments and persons in the area regarding fraudulent checks and all similar cases. These cases may involve uttering, forgery and uttering, fraud or theft. Apprehend and prosecute offenders for these and related offenses. Prepare complaints for prosecution in court.
  2. Maintain records of all known check passers, check passing rings and worthless checks. Make out original cards on each individual complaint.
  3. Check Teletypes from other departments in the state and outside the state relating to check passers.


  1. Have absolute control over all harmful or narcotic drugs coming into the possession of any officer or unit of the Department. See to it that all drugs and paraphernalia are securely locked and marked for identification.
  2. Review all search warrants obtained by any officer or unit of the Department alleging violations of Chapter 94C. Whenever possible, be personally present at its execution.
  3. Act as liaison officer between the Department and other drug enforcement agencies, both state and federal.
  4. Keep records on all persons arrested for or charged with drug law violations and see to it that photographs are included in such records. (Note: These records are in addition to departmental arrest records.)
  5. Maintain a record of all drug arrests. Indicate the amount and type of drug seized, the age, race, and sex of the offender, the offense or offenses charged, and the disposition of the case.
  6. Be available for the purpose of drug education and participate in other community drug programs with the permission of the Chief of Police. Cooperate fully with all recognized drug rehabilitation groups in the jurisdiction, including the Probation Office, in connection with the Drug Rehabilitation Law (M.G.L. C123, §39-55).
  7. When requested, prepare training programs on narcotics enforcement issues and participate in the training of recruits.
  8. Maintain an up-to-date drug information file for use at legislative or other hearings on drug problems.
  9. In addition to submitting such reports and records as required by current departmental procedures, provide the Officer-In-Charge of Criminal Investigations with information on drug-related activities for inclusion in the Chief's Annual Report on the Department.
  10. Submit a report to the Officer-in-Charge of Criminal Investigations of all drug related arrests, noting the identities of the persons arrested and the charges that are to be brought against them. Further, submit to the Officer-In-Charge of Criminal Investigations reports of all dispositions of persons arrested.
  11. See to it that when information received from a member of the Department contributes to a successful investigation, such member is given appropriate credit in any report.
  12. Investigate all complaints of drug law violations. Apprehend, charge and prosecute offenders. If ordered, carry out protracted surveillance and undercover purchases.
  13. Cooperate willingly and effectively with other police departments, agencies and members of this Department in the investigation of drug law violations and the apprehension and prosecution of offenders.
  14. Make out all necessary reports concerning each drug arrest. Photograph and fingerprint all persons arrested who are charged with violations under Chapter 94C.
  15. Confiscate and properly secure all narcotic drugs and paraphernalia which are uncovered as the result of an arrest or other information. Be responsible for such whether on or off duty.
  16. Be available by telephone or radio at all times during the tour of duty.
  17. Submit a report on all arrests made and surveillances performed to the Officer-In-Charge of Criminal Investigations.

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