Major Crimes Bureau
The Major Crimes Bureau is comprised of the squads listed below. The detectives assigned to these squads are some of the most capable
in the nation. Their hard work and diligence has lead to solving and successful
prosecution of countless cases in Tampa.
If you have any questions you can call the Major Crimes Bureau at (813) 276-3564.
The Homicide Squad consists of ten detectives
and they are responsible for investigating homicides, accidental
deaths, suicides, natural deaths, police involved shootings, missing
persons, and aggravated assaults/batteries within Tampa. Detectives assigned to this squad are often called upon during
adverse hours due to the nature of their assignment's focus. Our
Homicides is where you may be able to aid us in solving a crime.
This unit handles approximately 25 homicides on a yearly basis.
This unit also works closely with the Tampa
Fire Department's five Arson Investigators in investigating arsons.
The unity between the two divisions creates a more robust and
aggressive team. Moreover, assigning fire/arson
investigators to partner with police detectives also provides access
to a wealth of resources such as technical surveillance equipment,
forensic evidence support, and intelligence sources that often prove
instrumental in successfully solving arson and bombing cases.&
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Sex Crimes /
Child Abuse / Domestic Violence
The Sex Crimes and Child Abuse unit is comprised
of an elite group of detectives, who are highly trained in analyzing
and collecting forensic, medical and DNA evidence from victims and
crime scenes. They work closely with the medical community,
Department of Children and Family, Child Advocacy Board, Office of
Attorney General, and the State Attorney's Office in preparing
successful prosecution of the offenders. The
Prevention page is also available for members of the community in
recognizing victim's of family violence. The ultimate goal is
to protect the most vulnerable victims.
Criminal Tracking Unit
The Criminal Tracking Unit (CTU) is responsible for the continued monitoring of
registered career offenders as well as registered sexual offenders
and predators. This specialized unit ensures that designated subjects remain in
full compliance with regards to their registration requirements. When they
choose not to comply, CTU detectives will pursue the designated subjects until
apprehended and prosecuted.
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predator moves close to your residence.
The Forensic Investigation Unitprovides expertise at crime scenes through the use of photography, identification, evidence
collection, processing and preservation. Technicians also perform latent fingerprint comparisons, forensic artistry and provide expert court testimony.
Hit & Run
The Hit and Run Squad investigates traffic crashes involving
serious injuries or death and hit and run crashes with workable
leads. The squad attempts to locate and file charges against
guilty parties and help bring closure to victims and surviving
family members. This unit handles approximately 927 hit and
run investigations on a yearly basis.
The Found Property Unit reviews found property which
is located by officers in the department or by citizens. The
unit attempts to locate the owner of the found property and return
the items to the owner if possible.