DETECTIVES AT THE MADISON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE HAVE MANY DUTIES.
BELOW IS A SUMMARY OF SOME OF THOSE DUTIES.
- Investigation of major crimes such as homicide, robbery, sexual assault, aggravated battery, burglary, theft, etc.
- Forensic analysis of computer crimes such as child pornography, fraud, identity theft and online solicitations. The computer forensic detective belongs to the F.B.I. Cyber Crimes Task Force known as the Metro-East Computer Crimes Task Force.
- Detective participation in the St. Louis Area Major Case Squad.
- One detective assigned to M.E.G.S.I. and another to M.E.A.T.
- Collection of evidence at crime scenes such as latent fingerprints, hair fibers, blood, shoe prints, photographs and scene measurements. Detectives must be able to process the evidence and be prepared to testify in court as to how the crime scene was processed. The evidence detective maintains the evidence for the entire department. He also is responsible for returning the evidence to the rightful owner upon conclusion of a case.
- Responsible for the employment background investigations for all potential applicants at the Sheriff's Office and other county entities.
- Investigation of crimes in which juveniles are involved either as a suspect or a victim. The juvenile detective is a child advocacy forensic interviewer.
- The Detective Division is responsible for handling all felony arrests made by the patrol division. This would include any follow up interviews or collection of evidence. The detective then presents the case to the Madison County State's Attorney's office for felony review. If a felony charge is issued, the detective takes care of handling the warrant and criminal information and the filing of the paperwork within the circuit court.
- The Detective Division is responsible for the application and execution of search warrants.
- The Detective Division is responsible for the court preparation for any felony case that goes to trial. This includes relocating witnesses, preparing evidence for court and any pictures or maps that need to be enlarged for court testimony.
- The Madison County Sheriff's Office Detective Division is called upon to assist other agencies that may have felony investigations that are ongoing with inmates of the Madison County Jail.