The Detective Bureau is one of three major components of the Investigations Division, along with the Firearms Investigation Unit and the Emergency Services Unit. The Detective Bureau is led by Senior Captain Trent Duda.
The Detective Bureau has the following units: Crimes against Persons Unit, Crimes against Property Unit, Special Victims Unit, Youth Aid and Student Support Unit, and Crime Scene/Photo Lab.
The Crimes against Persons Unit investigates threats, assaults, robberies, kidnappings, unattended deaths, and murders as well as other crimes against persons.
The Crimes against Property Unit investigates Breaking and Entering (B&E) into homes, businesses, motor vehicles, as well as all types of larcenies, including auto theft.
The Special Victims Unit (SVU) deals with Domestic Violence, 51a Child Abuse, Sexual Assaults, Rapes, Sex Crimes, and Crimes against the Elderly or Disabled that are related to abuse or neglect, or financial exploitation committed by a care giver.
To contact someone in the SVU, call 413-787-6355.
Youth Aid and Student Support Unit (Juvenile and Family Services)
The Joseph A. Budd Assessment Center located at 50 East Street includes the Youth Aid and Student Support Unit.
The focus of the unit is to de-institutionalize juvenile status offenders, separate juveniles from adult offenders, and remove juveniles from secure areas of the police department. The officers assigned to the Budd Center process all juveniles under arrest, investigate criminal cases where the suspect is a juvenile, investigate and maintain reports of runaway and missing juveniles, and work with the Springfield Public Schools to provide a safe and healthy learning environment. In order to provide early intervention, the Budd Center has worked to create a strong partnership with all agencies focused on meeting the needs of the family.
Crime Scene Unit / Photo Lab
The Crime Scene Unit / Photo Lab is responsible for the fingerprints and mug shots of arrested persons. They also respond to crime scenes and document them using still photography. The Photo Lab personnel are also commissioned to process applicants for firearms licenses, police candidates, taxi cab drivers, and special police officer candidates.
You can contact the Detective Bureau at telephone number 413-787-6355.