Detective Division

Division Overview

The Sanford Police Department's Investigative Division consists of 12 detectives and one staff assistant. The Detective Division investigates criminal complaints, felony and misdemeanor.


After the Uniform Patrol Division receives and completes a written report of a crime, the case is processed and assigned to a detective who will investigate the complaint.

Detectives follow the case through the court system which includes District Court, Grand Jury, Superior Court, and any subsequent appeals that may follow.

The division investigates crimes reported by citizens, patrol officers, or crimes that they have developed themselves. Every detective is trained to work all types of crime, from larceny to murder.

Detectives may arrest any suspects when probable cause exists.


All detectives are knowledgeable of local, state and federal laws, and search and seizure laws. They also must be proficient in interrogation and crime scene procedures.