Investigative Bureau

Brian Purvis

Deputy Chief


Investigative Bureau

Scott Smalley

Captain


Special Operations Division

Victor Siebeneck

Captain


Investigations Division

Wendy Isom

Director


Advocate and
PYP Programs
PYP contact:
SLCPDpromisingyouth@slcgov.com

Jenn Diederich

Lieutenant


Community Operations

Director


Community Connection Center

Sam Wolf

Lieutenant


DEA Task Force

Todd Mitchell

Lieutenant


Persons Crimes

James Porter

Lieutenant


Property Crimes

Alma Sweeny

Lieutenant


Tactical Operations

Investigations Division

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.

Person Crimes Unit
  • Domestic Violence
  • Homicide
  • Intelligence Unit
  • Robbery
  • Sex Crimes
  • Victim Advocates
Property Crimes Unit
  • Property Crimes
  • Auto Theft/Hit and Run
  • Financial Crimes
  • Accident Investigators
  • School Resource Officers

Special
Operations Division

Special Operations
HDU

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.

K9

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.

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).

Special Investigations
The DEA Metro Narcotics Task Force is comprised of agents from a number of federal agencies as well as Task Force Officers from local agencies throughout the Wasatch Front. There are about 50 Federal/Local Officers assigned to the Task Force along with support staff. SLCPD has one Lieutenant assigned to the Task Force who serves as the Task Force Commander and six Detectives. The Task Force investigates and arrests top tier drug traffickers with an emphasis on international and interstate Drug Trafficking Organizations utilizing sophisticated investigative techniques. Prosecution is handled by the U. S. Attorney’s Office. The Task Force’s mission is to stem the flow of narcotics in our state from other countries and arrest and successfully prosecute those who import narcotics.
  • 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.

    SWAT

    The mission of the SWAT Team is to provide officers trained as a team, to respond to potentially hazardous situations and save lives, including the lives of law enforcement personnel who become faced with unusually hazardous situations, all parties involved in the incident, and members of the community whose security level is severely threatened by these situations.

    The SWAT mission is accomplished by deployment of selected personnel who are highly motivated, trained in SWAT tactics and equipped with appropriate weaponry, suitable body protection, and communications equipment to accomplish the SWAT mission. SWAT officers must be in top physical condition and mentally prepared to operate within hazardous and stressful environments.

    VCAT
    The Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) was formed to address emerging violent crime issues and repeat violent crime offenders that are victimizing Salt Lake City. This squad coordinates with detectives, SLIC, and the CompStat Unit in the identification and apprehension of violent criminal offenders. In working with the aforementioned squads and external agencies and federal partners, the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team works to identify and focus their efforts on the violent high crime areas throughout Salt Lake City.
    Community Operations
    Motor Unit
    The Salt Lake City Motor Unit is comprised of highly trained officers who are responsible for traffic enforcement, DUI enforcement and event coordination in assisting with traffic control and mitigation. In order to be considered for the motor unit, officers must pass a rigorous and hazardous two week motor school which includes over 100 hours on a motorcycle practicing high speed maneuvering and safety on a motorcycle.
    Park Squad
    POU
    Tactical Operations
    Gang Unit
    Mental Health Team
    CIT
    Community Connections Team