Assignment of cases for investigation varies per case. Solvability factors such as witnesses and their cooperation, suspect identification, traceable property, evidence collected, fingerprints and similar crimes are considered during this process.
The Division investigates murders, sex crimes, financial crimes and frauds, unattended deaths, fires and any other felony crimes and some misdemeanors.
Areas of Special Focus
The majority of crimes involve property crimes such as larceny and breaking and entering into homes and businesses. Special emphasis is placed on sex crimes and violators of sex offender and Crimes against Children.
Education and Training
All Investigators attend formal training with a variety of subject matters to include interview and interrogations, death investigations, crime scene processing, how to deal with sex crime victims and offenders and Blood Splatter Interpretation, etc. All Investigators attend a minimum of 40 hours of advanced training every 2 years.
This Division works closely with the District Attorney’s Office, Navajo Police, Gallup Police and the New Mexico State Police to ensure cohesiveness in investigations and to provide information on common suspects that commit crimes in multiple jurisdictions.
The Evidence Custodian is tasked with maintaining the Evidence Room, maintaining the control logs for all seized evidence or found property stored in the Evidence Room, and helping with the disposal of evidence via Court Order.