CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS UNIT
The Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU) handles a wide variety of cases within the Police Department. Members of the CIU carry a caseload, work on assigned tasks and assist the Patrol Unit when needed. The CIU primarily handles felony cases.
The CIU is supervised by a Senior Investigator and there are two additional investigators assigned to the unit. Each investigator is forensically trained to process crime scenes and the remaining functions of the CIU are distributed among the members in the unit. Some of the CIU’s other responsibilities are evidence and property room, accident investigation, photo arrays, pistol permits, employee background checks, peddlers permit backgrounds, professional standard investigations, drug investigations, death investigations and criminal investigations.
The CIU works closely with other agencies. The agencies the CIU typically works with are the United States Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security, Capital District Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, New York State Police, New York State Narcotics Enforcement, Albany County Sheriff's Department, New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Capital Region Crime Analysis Center, and other area police agencies. In addition, the CIU works emergency scenes with the town fire departments, ambulance services and paramedics.