The Investigations Division is comprised of Detectives who conduct follow up investigations to identify and successfully prosecute criminal suspects utilizing witness statements, video camera footage, and modern forensic techniques such as DNA analysis. Detectives work closely with other Salt Lake City Officers as well as with officers and detectives from other State, Local, and Federal Agencies to identify, locate, and apprehend perpetrators. The Division is divided into two sections, one that focuses on crimes against persons, the other investigates property crimes.
- CompStat and Analysis Unit
- Domestic Violence
- Intelligence Unit
- Sex Crimes
- Victim Advocates
- Property Crimes
- Auto Theft/Hit and Run
- Financial Crimes
- Accident Investigators
- School Resource Officers
Special Operations Division
- Special Investigations Unit
Tactical Operations, in partnership with members of the community, and through joint operations with other units within the Salt Lake City Police Department and other criminal justice entities; endeavors to abate narcotic sales operations within neighborhoods and locations with chronic drug activity.
The Salt Lake City Special Investigations Unit is dedicated to identifying, arresting, and prosecuting those involved in the manufacture, transportation, and sales of illicit dangerous drugs within our community or those with a direct nexus to our community.
If you have a tip related to the Special Investigations Unit (Not for crimes in progress) call: (801) 799-DRUG (3784) – you may remain anonymous- or visit: www.tipsubmit.com and fill in the form.
Traditionally called the “Bomb Squad”, the Salt Lake City Police Department Hazardous Devices Unit is a member of Utah’s statewide Bomb Response Task Force and is accredited by the FBI. In addition to members from the Salt Lake City Police Department, the unit is supported by FBI-certified bomb technicians from the Salt Lake International Airport Police Department and the University of Utah Police Department. Members of the squad are very experienced with live incidents and have had extensive training in render safe procedures, explosive destruction, blast mitigation, and post blast investigation.
The Hazardous Devices Unit has full bomb and explosive recovery response capabilities, utilizing all the latest equipment and technology.
The Salt Lake City Police Department K9 Squad was established in 1958. Although the squad was dissolved for a short period of time it continues to be an enormous support function for citizens of Salt Lake City and the employees of the police department.
The K9 motto is “Helping criminals make better decisions since 1958”. Although some may get a laugh out of this, handlers on the squad know it to be true. The mere presence of a police dog on a scene is often enough to calm any agitated involved parties down enough so officers can deal with them peacefully.
Police K9s are used anytime they can make a search safer, more thorough, and more efficient. Each team is made up of a handler (two-legged officer) and a K9, or PSD (Police Service Dog). Patrol dogs are either German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois and the tracking dogs are bloodhounds. Patrol dogs are best known for their superhuman abilities in apprehending criminals who attack or flee from officers, and their ability to sniff for drugs. Bloodhounds are best known for their ability to track lost children or adults, and criminals who have ran from the police.