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The Kent Police Department's Detective Bureau consists of seven investigators; a lieutenant, a sergeant and five detectives.The sergeant and one detective are assigned as general case investigators. Two detectives are assigned as juvenile investigators. One detective is assigned as an evidence officer and one detective is assigned full time to the Portage County Drug Task Force. Also in the detective bureau are a secretary and civilian juvenile counselor.
Each detective has received specialized training pertaining to investigations and their specialized function. Some of the training the detectives have received are:
- Homicide Investigations
- Arson Investigations
- Internet Investigations
- Interview and Interrogations
- Evidence Collection and Processing
- Gang Investigations
- Sexual Assault Investigations
- Missing Persons Investigations
- DNA Collection
- Clandestine Drug Laboratory Investitgations
- Internet Crimes Against Children Training
- Drug Investigations
All reports filed at the police department are reviewed by the detective bureau and a determination is made if follow up will be conducted on the reports. There are many variables that go into the decision. Some of those variables include solvability, known v. unknown suspects, information provided by the victim and tips received from the public.
The detective bureau maintains a close working relationship with the Portage County Prosecutors Office in an effort to successfully prosecute the multiple cases which are handled. The detective bureau also has good working relationships with surrounding police department, so that information may be shared as needed.
The evidence officer is in charge of keeping track of all evidence obtained by the police department.Any property found and turned in to the police department is given to the evidence officer for safe keeping. The detective attempts to identify the owner and return the property. The evidence officer also logs evidence into the evidence room, submits evidence to the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, and processes the evidence (dust for fingerprints) if necessary.
The juvenile section within the detective bureau reviews all cases involving juveniles. Juvenile offenders can be referred to the Portage County Juvenile Court,or the juvenile can be put into the diversion program.
The diversion program is available to residents of the City of Kent and families in the Kent City School District. The purpose of the diversion program is to assist juveniles and their families by providing alternatives to court referral. It allows for the prevention and early intervention of issues that lead to unruly and delinquent behavior. All juvenile cases are reviewed by the Juvenile Bureau and a determination for placement in the diversion program is made on a case by case basis. Anyone wanting information about the diversion program should contact Jeff Langstaff at 330.676.7519.