The Investigative Bureau is comprised of 11 detective squads and support units that follow-up felony and misdemeanor crimes reported in the field. They strive to bring reported crimes to a successful conclusion by thorough and diligent investigatory methods and frequent interaction with the Salt Lake City Prosecutor and the Salt Lake County District Attorney.
- Auto Theft
The Auto Theft Unit is comprised of a five detectives and a sergeant. They are tasked with the following mission:
- to investigate and suppress auto theft
- to reduce auto thefts through education and enforcement
- to locate and recover stolen vehicles
- to investigate “chop shops” and career offenders
- to forge partnerships with the community and outside agencies to create a collaborative approach to combating auto theft
To accomplish its mission, ATU detectives identify repeat offenders, locate vehicle theft rings, conduct operations in conjunction with other agencies, and utilize high-tech equipment to locate stolen vehicles and apprehend the suspects driving them.
Auto Theft in 2013:
- 2,194 vehicles stolen in Salt Lake City
- 2,444 vehicles recovered in Salt Lake City (1,896 Salt Lake City, 548 outside agencies)
- 154 auto theft arrests
- 86% recovery rate
Visit the special Auto Theft Unit webpage to learn more about protecting your vehicle today.
- Crime Lab
The mission of the Salt Lake City Police Crime Lab is to work in partnership with, and give support to, officers and other employees of the Salt Lake City Police Department by providing quality forensic services in the field, in the lab, and in the courtroom.
Technicians keep abreast of the latest and most up-to-date techniques and advancements in scientific criminal investigation. Areas of expertise include:
- crime scene processing
- latent prints
- AFIS (fingerprint identification)
- forensic art
- marijuana testing
- footwear/tire tread identification
- forensic document examination
- video enhancement
- firearms and tool marks identification
- serial number restoration
The Crime Lab in 2012:
- 8,778 field callouts
- 1,645 photography requests
- 864 requests for laboratory examinations
- Domestic Violence
The mission of the Domestic Violence Unit is to assist victims of domestic violence and to hold domestic violence perpetrators accountable for acts of violence.
The DVU handles all crimes that by state code qualify as “Domestic Violence.” To be classified as domestic violence, the involved parties have to be related by blood or marriage, have a child in common, or have lived together. This includes roommates, spouses, domestic partners, adult siblings, adult children, parents, etc.
Besides handling all domestic violence crimes, the DVU also investigates stalking and electronic harassment cases. In this day and age of Facebook, smart phones and the Internet, electronic harassment cases are an ever-increasing problem. For stalking cases, investigators need two or more documented (reported) stalking incidences before pursuing stalking charges against a suspect. If a person feels they are a victim of stalking, they need to contact the police department and file a police report on every incident. This can also assist them in getting a court order called a “stalking injunction.”
The Domestic Violence Unit is housed in the Center for Families at 310 E. 300 S. on the campus of the YWCA. Also housed in the Center for Families is the Salt Lake Area Family Justice Center, which is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Some of the services available at the Family Justice Center
- Support groups
- Temporary shelter (YWCA)
- Short-term therapy
- Victim advocacy
- Employment assistance (Workforce Services)
- Salt Lake City Prosecutor’s Office (meet with an Assistant Prosecutor)
- Domestic Violence Unit (file a police report, meet with a detective)
- Assistance with obtaining protective orders (Legal Aid)
- Sexual assault forensic exams
The DVU is made up of five detectives and one sergeant.
In 2012 the DVU was assigned 2,090 active cases, from which officers made 1,166 arrests.
The Evidence Unit receives, catalogs, stores and releases property and evidence obtained by officers. The unit is comprised of five full-time civilian technicians and one captain. The unit processes — through intake, release or disposal — nearly 5,000 items of property every month.
The unit is open for service Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., holidays excluded. The property and evidence room are still located at the previous police building located at 315 E. 200 S. Please refer any questions to the Evidence room at (801) 799-3041 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monthly disposal notices are posted in our online newsroom.
- Financial Crimes
The Financial Crimes Unit consists of six full-time detectives and one sergeant. The unit investigates the following crimes:
- credit card fraud
- financial elder abuse
- bad checks
- identity theft
- wire fraud
Squad numbers for 2012:
- 1,633 cases assigned
- 649 cases cleared
- 172 arrests made
The Homicide Unit is responsible for conducting all investigations related to deaths, homicides, Cold Case homicides, officer-involved shootings, missing persons, suicides, and reviewing all ambulance calls.
There are six detectives and one sergeant assigned to this unit. In 2012 they investigated approximately 610 cases, of which they cleared 573 and made arrests in 33. The unit investigated six homicides in 2012, and members continue to work approximately 30 “cold” homicide and missing person cases.
The Homicide Unit works closely with the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office and the Utah State Crime Lab in the course of its investigations.
- Property Crimes
The Property Crimes Unit — comprised of 12 detectives, two pawn technicians, and two sergeants — works closely with other agencies within the Salt Lake City-area. A monthly meeting provides SLCPD and fellow law enforcement agencies a venue to share information and collaborate in solving property crimes. The PCU is also actively involved with businesses and the public to identify, educate and offer solutions to prevent and reduce crimes against property.
The Property Crimes Unit investigates the following crimes:
- vehicle burglary
- vehicle vandalisms
- all thefts from yards, buildings, retailers (shoplifts) and metals thefts
The PCU also maintains law-enforcement oversight of the city’s pawn and second-hand retailers by identifying stolen property through the Utah State Pawn Database and ensuring pawn shop compliance with state law.
During 2012 the Property Crimes unit handled 17,155 cases, with a clearance rate of 20% and a total of 2,592 arrests:
- 10,617: theft cases
- 1,795: burglary cases
- 4,743: damaged property/vandalism cases
- Robbery/Aggravated Assault
This unit is currently comprised of one sergeant and six detectives, with a seventh detective assigned to the FBI Safe Streets Violent Crimes Task Force. This unit’s investigative responsibilities can be separated into three main categories:
- robbery of businesses
- robbery of financial institutions
- street robberies
- home invasion (non-gang related)
- impersonating a police officer
- aggravated assaults (non-gang and non-family-related)
- threats (in person or written)
- kidnapping (adult, non-sexually-related)
- product tampering
Offenses Against an Officer
- false information
- assault on a police officer
The Robbery/Aggravated Assault Unit works closely with the FBI through the Safe Streets Task Force and hosts a Salt Lake Valley Robbery Detective Meeting weekly. The weekly meeting provides SLCPD and agencies throughout the valley a venue to share information and collaborate in solving crime.
The Robbery/ Aggravated Assault Unit in 2012:
- 1,547 combined cases
- 341 robberies
- 544 aggravated assaults
- 662 offenses against an officer
- 67% clearance rate
- 773 arrests
- School Resource Officers
The School Resource Officers Unit is comprised of eight officers and a sergeant. The SROs are currently assigned on campus at East High, West High, Highland High, Horizonte, Glendale Middle School, and Northwest Middle School, with collateral assignments at three middle schools and 28 elementary schools in the Salt Lake City School District.
- Special Victims
The SVU is comprised of five detectives and one sergeant. Together they are responsible for conducting investigations related to the following crimes:
- sexual assault
- obscene conduct
- elder abuse
- youth-related crimes involving sexual and/or physical abuse of children, child kidnapping, missing children, and runaways
Some of the agencies SVU works closely with include Division of Child and Family Services, Salt Lake County Children’s Justice Center, Sex Assault Nurse Examiners, Primary Children’s Center for Safe and Healthy Families, and the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office. An additional detective in the unit manages the Sex Offender Registry, which includes registering and monitoring the compliance of sex offenders in Salt Lake City.
SVU in 2012:
- 1,197 cases investigated
- 1,048 cases cleared
- 218 cases with arrests
- Victim Advocates
Salt Lake City’s Victim Advocate Program has been developed to address the immediate needs of victims of violent crimes. The Victim Advocate Program is dedicated to assist, support and provide information about available resources to the victims of crime.
The Victim Advocate Program offers support, referral and direct services. All services are free.
Support services include providing technical assistance by assisting victims with court documents and police procedures, as well as advocacy through the criminal justice system.
Referral services include providing information and referrals pertaining to a victim’s rights, support groups, translation, counseling centers, and monetary support agencies.
Direct services include providing transportation from our office to court and attending court with victims in a support capacity.
The program also offers the following services to the public free of charge:
- Court advocacy for victims involved in the judicial process. Advocates are available to attend court hearings pertaining to their cases.
- Assistance with protective orders in domestic violence cases. Advocates will be available to answer questions regarding protective orders, as well as direct victims where to go to file the necessary documents.
- Community education provided to community and/or business groups on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, homicide, child abuse, elder abuse, and stalking.
- On-scene crisis intervention.
The purpose of the safety plan is to think ahead so that when the situation becomes dangerous you can escape the situation faster and with more options.
- Always keep some money hidden.
- Have an extra set of keys for the house and car.
- Establish a “code” with family and friends to notify them that you have left to seek safety.
- Do not hesitate to contact the police!
- Notify neighbors to be alert for strange or loud noises. Additionally, have them watch for any events at home that have changed. (e.g., mail or newspapers left unattended). Instruct them to contact the police if they are unsure.
- Ask friends and co-workers to contact the police for any unexplained changes in your routine (e.g., unexplained lateness or absences to planned events).
- Remove all weapons in the house.
- Contact Victims’ Advocate Program, (801) 799-3756, for additional assistance and support. We are here to help ensure your safety.
Salt Lake City Victim Advocate Program Lethality Assessment
By Dan Greene, L.C.S.W. and the Treatment Sub Committee of the SLADVC Victim Advocacy Office
Assessment of lethality in domestic violence cases is a difficult and uncertain task and no clinician can infallibly predict that a domestic violence perpetrator will or will not seriously harm or kill his/her partner or others.
The lethality assessment and evaluation process assist the clinician in determining a comprehensive diagnostic profile. Moreover, clinicians should continuously monitor lethality factors throughout the course of treatment to detect changes that may occur in any critical indicators.
- Has the perpetrator verbally threatened to kill or harm the victim, children or others?
- Has the perpetrator threatened to harm or kill himself/herself, the victim or others, or has he/she exhibited fantasies or detailed plans of suicide and/or homicide?
- Does the perpetrator possess weapons and has he/she threatened the victim or actually used them in abusing the victim or others?
- Has the perpetrator injured the victim, children or others seriously enough to require medical treatment?
- Does the perpetrator have a criminal history of violence?
- Is the perpetrator intoxicated on a daily basis or does he/she heavily or regularly use amphetamines, heroin or other street drugs? Does the perpetrator become violent when abusing substances?
- Has the perpetrator broken a protective order or restraining order in the past?
- Has the domestic violence increased in severity and scope over the past year?
- Does the perpetrator have a history of stalking behaviors?
- Has the perpetrator threatened or abused children?
- Has the perpetrator forced sexual activities upon spouse or children?
- Has the perpetrator ever prevented the victim or children from leaving by threatening physical harm to self or others if left?
- Does the perpetrator have a physical or medical condition that contributes to violence?
- Has the victim recently separated from or terminated the relationship with the perpetrator?
- Has the perpetrator harmed or killed family pets or threatened to do so?
- Does the perpetrator have a history of violence in his/her family of origin?
- Has the perpetrator destroyed the victim’s personal property?
- Has the perpetrator dropped out of treatment or been non-compliant in a domestic violence treatment program?
- Does the perpetrator have chronic, severe mental health problems?
- Does the perpetrator exhibit excessive jealousy?
Even one “yes” indicates the possibility of continued threat of harm and interventions should be employed to protect the victim.
Contacts and Resources
- Crisis/Information Line: (801) 580-7969
- State Domestic Violence Info Line: 1 (800) 897-5465
- Victim Advocacy Office: (801) 799-3756
- Information Line: (801) 580-7969
- Mobile Response Team available after office hours as well as regular hours
Additional Information and Resource Centers
Protective Orders and Stalking Injunctions
General Victim Resources
- 211 Info & Referral Hotline
- Crime Victim Reparations
- Utah Domestic Violence Council
- Division of Child and Family Services
- Department of Workforce Services
- Family Support CenterThe SLCPD Evidence Unit receives, catalogs, stores and releases property and evidence obtained by officers of SLCPD. The unit is comprised of five full-time civilian technicians and one civilian supervisor.