Special Operations Bureau
Captain David White is responsible for the Special Operations Bureau. The Bureau is comprised of the Criminal Investigation Division, the Forensic Services Unit, the Digital Forensics Unit, Crime Analysis and the Traffic Division.
Following the preliminary investigations by the Patrol Division, cases are subsequently forwarded to the Criminal Investigation Department. Initially, an investigations supervisor reviews each report to assess the presence of viable leads and solvability factors. The needed factors to solve a crime are items, information, or evidence that contribute to the closure of an investigation.
If investigable leads are identified by a supervisor, the case will be assigned to a detective, who categorizes it into one of the following statuses:
- Active: A case that possesses leads, such as witnesses or physical evidence. Active investigations can span anywhere from a few days to years depending on the complexity. Upon completion of an investigation and the establishment of probable cause, the investigation findings are submitted to the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office for potential charges and dispositions.
- Unfounded: This status is applied when an incident is reported, and through investigation, it is determined there was not a violation of the law.
- Suspended: In cases where all investigative leads have been exhausted, and there is insufficient leads or evidence to proceed with the case, the investigation is stopped and marked as suspended.
Forensic Services Unit
The Forensic Services Unit (FSU) is a nationally accredited laboratory established to provide quality forensic services to the City of Sugar Land and our regional criminal justice partners. The FSU is comprised of six highly trained personnel who are certified in the areas of crime scene investigation, latent print examination, and evidence.
As an integral part of the investigative team, FSU personnel collect, process, and store evidence from crime scenes, conduct scientific and technical examinations of evidence within state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, and provide evidence management. The unit handles thousands of items of property and evidence every year including found property, safekeeping items, contraband, DNA evidence, and many other evidentiary materials in a timely manner. Personnel testify at county, district, and federal courts regarding their investigative activities and expertise.
Digital Forensics Unit
The Sugar Land Police Department’s Digital Forensic Unit (DFU) was created in 2012 to support detectives with acquiring, analyzing and reporting digital evidence obtained during their investigations.
Forensic examiners are provided advanced hardware, software, and training to allow for the examination of seized computers, mobile devices, and other storage items that contain digital data. Examiners carry industry standard certifications such as the Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) and the Certified Mobile Device Examiner (ICMDE) issued by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS).
The Sugar Land Police Department has maintained a partnership with the United States Secret Service (USSS) since 2013 and has received extensive hardware, software and training through the National Computer Forensics Institute to support digital evidence investigations.
Crime analysts evaluate quantitative and qualitative data related to criminal activity, the community and the police department to identify trends and patterns. In reviewing this data, crime analysts seek to identify ways to support police investigations and prosecutions, make patrol activities more efficient, create crime prevention strategies for the community, and asses the effectiveness of law enforcement efforts.
The Sugar Land Police Department is dedicated to providing informed and compassionate services to support victims, family members and witnesses in the aftermath of a violent crime. The Crime Victims Liaison assists hundreds of victims and their families each year. For more information on the services provided by the police department’s victim’s services division, please follow the link below:
The primary job of the Sugar Land Police Traffic Division is to protect the safety of the public by enforcing laws to curtail unsafe and illegal driving behaviors. The sergeant and officers assigned to this unit operate stealth vehicles, trucks and motorcycles throughout the city to identify and address traffic issues by enforcing state and local laws. Traffic Officers are educated, trained and certified in the investigation and reconstruction of serious or fatal accidents to learn the contributing factors and faults. The findings of serious accident investigations help the Traffic Officers educate our citizens in safe driving behavior.
A recent addition to the Traffic Division is the acquisition of certifications to inspect and ensure the safety of commercial motor vehicles. With the large amount of commercial motor vehicles traveling on Sugar land highways, Traffic Officers make certain the vehicles are operationally safe while sharing the road with our citizens.