The Investigations Division is comprised of detectives, school resource officers, forensic specialists, evidence technicians, community police officers, crime prevention officer, community liaisons, neighborhood watch and volunteer coordinator, community service interns, and all of their respective supervisors. We work together in conjunction with our patrol officers and the community in order to achieve our mission. There were many notable accomplishments and highlights in 2010.
Successful, high-profile criminal investigations included the apprehension and prosecution of a suspect in May 2010 (Cornelius Hicks) for a series of armed robberies of gas stations and convenience stores dating back to November 2009, including Green Bay and Oconto County. Two notable homicide cases in June 2010 (Eric Vieau) and November 2010 (Gene Demerath) were quickly solved with suspects either identified or in custody within hours of the incidents, bringing relief to the community as well as to the families of the victims. We responded to a request from the Appleton Police Department to investigate a fatal officer-involved shooting in September 2010 and helped to provide answers to their officers and community within forty-eight hours. The Northeast Wisconsin Pawn Reporting System (NEWPRS) was expanded throughout the region and in particular, the southeastern part of the state including Milwaukee area law enforcement agencies. Our Gang Task Force (GTF) has also expanded their membership and intelligence gathering capability. We were the lead agency in the formation of the Brown County Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Team, which is a multidisciplinary group of professionals responsible for addressing the needs of children who are victims of neglect, abuse or endangerment as a result of their caregivers’ involvement in the use, sale or manufacture of illegal drugs. New partnerships were established with Next Media Group for the use of their digital billboards to broadcast up-to-date critical and emergency information to drivers in our area, and with A Child is Missing (ACIM) alert system for fast and comprehensive community notification in the event of missing children or vulnerable adults. Our partnership with Green Bay Area Crime Stoppers reached a new level with the introduction of their new web page and electronic tip reporting. Strategic initiatives such as a crime victim survey and community safety survey were completed and are expected to be rolled out in early 2011. New technologies were embraced and innovation such as the WOW Awards now gives individuals a way to nominate one of our employees for recognition of outstanding customer service through our police department website. A project over a year in the making came to fruition with the delivery of a brand new mobile forensic unit, or more commonly known as the Evidence Truck, which will greatly improve our capability with crime scene investigations. A new Community Liaison position was added to help improve service to our neighborhoods through interaction and education with the hiring of Gabriela Parra, who is a former Community Service Intern.
The dedicated men and women of the Investigations Division are committed to achieve our mission and to meet the challenges that lie ahead of us in the upcoming year.