Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office
1400 Big Lake Road
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501
Non-Emergency : 328-5737
Emergency : 911
The Criminal Investigations Division is charged with investigating those major crimes that are time sensitive; require a specific specialty; or would take too much time for a member of the Road Patrol Division to devote. They are typically felony investigations; however, those misdemeanor investigations which are time consuming may also be assigned. The Sheriff and/or Chief Deputy may also assign a specific investigation to the Unit. Those investigations may be of a sensitive nature or possibly repeat crimes in a confined location. The section also handles inner departmental personnel investigations, such as back ground investigations of prospective employees and internal investigations.
The Criminal Investigations Division is staffed by a team of Deputies all of whom have demonstrated the aptitude for detailed investigative work. Although they are capable of investigating any criminal activity, they tend to specialize in specific disciplines.
The Division is comprised of two components: Criminal Investigations and Narcotics/Vice Investigations.
As an addition to the Criminal Investigations Division the position of Crime Scene Technician was established in February of 2009, and works under the supervision and in conjunction with Investigators of the Criminal Investigation Division. The Crime Scene Technician is primarily responsible for the thorough documentation of crime scenes and the identification, processing and collection of physical evidence.
The Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for conducting follow-up investigations into crimes reported in Pottawattamie County, and works closely with neighboring law enforcement agencies to increase our presence and effectiveness within the community. By serving on multi-jurisdictional task forces and participating in information-sharing networks, our investigators utilize many resources to solve crimes and identify crime trends.
Investigators are on-call 24 hours a day.
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