The General Investigations Unit (GIU) is responsible for the thorough investigation of major crimes, including:
These specific crimes are assigned to individual detectives who, working solo or as a team, collect evidence, secure statements from the involved parties, and bring the investigation to a close. Detectives work very closely with the District Attorney's Office.
There are currently four full-time detectives assigned to GIU. All assigned detectives have several years of experience as police officers. GIU has one detective whose primary assignment is the tracking and registration of convicted sex offenders.
The detective special-assignment is periodically rotated amongst the police officers, with each individual assignment lasting about five years. Detectives attend specialized schools of instruction dealing with subjects such as homicide investigation, robbery investigation, sexual assault investigation, and more.