The Investigations Division is staffed by sworn officers and three civilian support employees. The division is currently supervised by two sergeants; one over the General Crimes Unit and one over the Special Investigations Unit.
This division as a whole is responsible for all investigative needs, including person’s crimes, property crimes, economic crimes, narcotic investigations, skydive fatalities, new applicant background investigations, crime scene investigations, intelligence gathering, crime analysis, and traffic homicide investigations. The Special Investigations Unit is responsible for investigating drug, gang, and street or vice related crimes, as well as, any other directed enforcement required to reduce ongoing crime in the City of Sebastian. One detective is assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force; however, the entire division works together on major investigations. Staff members are also responsible for pawn shop inspections, evidence collection and storage, and the release of property back to the public.
The Investigations Division is usually staffed with veteran officers who have proven themselves in other aspects of law enforcement. Members are always on-call and ready to respond to many different emergencies and investigations that require immediate responses. Furthermore, they receive advanced training in multiple facets of law enforcement because they are responsible for investigations of all types.
Being a detective requires an officer to be a self-starter. The knowledge and experience gained from being an investigator allows officers to broaden their careers into other fields in law enforcement to include supervision.
Sexual Predators & Offenders
Detectives closely monitor convicted sex offenders and predators within the City of Sebastian. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement provides the Sexual Offenders and Predators Search for the public to access.
Crime Scene Evidence Unit
The Crime Scene Evidence Unit is staffed by the Crime Scene Evidence Supervisor and one part-time Crime Scene Evidence Technician. The Unit is responsible for processing crime scenes, receiving, cataloging, and storing property that is of evidentiary value (relating to criminal matters) as well as property that is found, abandoned, and/or forfeited. The Unit is responsible for the security and control of all of the property that is in the custody of the department. This is critically important in supporting investigations, helping to guarantee successful prosecution at criminal or civil trials, and facilitating the timely return of property to its rightful owners.
Found or Abandoned Property
In accordance with Florida Statutes, Chapters 705.105 (1) and 705.105 (B), all found or abandoned property will be posted in the Sebastian Police Department Lobby for the general public’s view. In the event such property is not claimed, the finder may claim such property after ninety (90) days. Property will be disposed of ten (10) days after the ninety (90) day hold period. Please refer to the case number listed along with the found property when inquiring.
For all inquiries and to schedule an appointment to obtain property, contact the Crime Scene Evidence Unit at 772-589-5233 ext. 8530 or 8518.