Responsibilities The Madison Police Department's Investigative Division operates at a full strength of five detectives. The Detective Bureau is responsible for investigating cases which were initially investigated by the Patrol Division. All information is processed and organized by a detective who will be responsible for that case to its conclusion. The Detective Bureau is also tasked with courtroom preparation of each case that comes into the agency.
The Detective Bureau responds to crime scenes where the scene is protected, processed and photographed. The detectives will collect evidence and prepare it for further analysis. Latent fingerprints, shoe and boot marks, as well as vehicle tire marks are preserved for further analysis or court. On larger or more complex crime scenes, the Detective Bureau works in conjunction with the Morris County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigations Section and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.
All detectives receive specialized training in evidence handling, interviewing techniques, as well as crime scene preservation and photography. Although all detectives are cross-trained in as many areas as possible, certain cases are assigned to detectives who have advanced or specialized training.