The Criminal Investigations Bureau is assigned to major felony investigations that a Patrol Deputy may not have the time, resources, or training to conduct. Examples include major residential, commercial or vehicle thefts and burglaries; forgery and fraud related cases; robberies; arson; crimes against children; sex crimes; missing persons; kidnappings; suspicious or unknown deaths; special accidents; homicides; officer-involved shootings; Internal Affairs investigations; and other unusual cases as determined by the Commander of the Law Enforcement Services Division.
See our Cold Case Homicides page.
Homicide investigations are traumatic and life altering to the victim’s family. Homicide Investigators often stay in close contact with the victims’ families, so that each case is investigated thoroughly, timely, and in a manner that brings closure to those involved.
The Child and Sex Crimes Investigators investigate all sexual assault cases and crimes against children, including child deaths (excepting traffic related deaths), serious injury cases involving children under the care of a parent, a guardian, a babysitter, a school, or a child care facility, questionable injuries to children under the care of guardians listed above, neglect of children where the child’s health or safety has been significantly imperiled, including child exposure to illegal drug activity. These Investigators work closely with the Yavapai Family Advocacy Center and prosecutors, medical professionals, child advocates, rape crisis advocates, and other law enforcement agencies to focus on the successful prosecution of offenders.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is fortunate to have a specialized Sex Offender Compliance Unit that tracks all registered sex offenders in Yavapai County and makes appropriate public notification of serious sex offenders. The unit is tasked with registration and tracking of all convicted sex offenders within Yavapai County that meet the requirements of registration as detailed in ARS13-3821 .
This tracking includes…
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office sends all information of “notifiable” registered sex offenders to all Yavapai County media outlets.
(928) 771-3278 during regular business hours (928) 777-7367 after hours
The Criminal Investigations Bureau does not investigate misdemeanor cases, absent extraordinary circumstances. Sergeants use various criteria to review cases referred to the Bureau to determine if a particular case merits being assigned to an Investigator. Burglary, fraud, or embezzlement cases assigned to an Investigator generally involve a monetary loss of $10,000.00 or more. Other criteria used to determine if a case merits assignment to an Investigator include:
Cases that are not assigned are not viewed as unimportant, but remain on file with the Criminal Investigations Bureau, pending the future development of valid investigative leads. They may be reopened at a later date if they are found to be linked to other assigned cases, linked to a targeted offender, or linked to a larger criminal enterprise.
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Burglary/Fraud Investigators work closely with the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office, local agencies within Yavapai County, U.S. Postal Inspectors, other agencies within the State of Arizona, national organizations, and all banks and financial institutions in Yavapai County, and credit card companies.
To complete an Internet Fraud Complaint report involving fraudulent credit card use, and EBay and other online auction purchases, as well as online applications fraudulently completed for the purpose of identity theft, go to www.ic3.gov . The FBI will then notify the appropriate agency once they determine the origin of the crime. Other Fraud and Identity Theft links located on our related links page.
The Criminal Investigations Bureau currently assigns one (1) Investigator to the State of Arizona
Auto Theft Authority Task Force . This Investigator is responsible for all of Yavapai County, and other parts of Northern Arizona.