The Detective Division is commanded by Capt. K. Strother and has 3 supervisors assigned to the unit. The Criminal Investigations unit has a lieutenant, 2 sergeants, 8 detectives and 2 civilian staff members.
The Detective Division consists of two units of police detectives, police officers and civilian support staff that work toward the police department’s mission of making Willingboro a safe place to live and work. This is accomplished by diligent follow-up investigation of assigned cases and proactive investigation on tips and information passed to the division by concerned citizens. Through theses efforts we have resolved many issues the citizens of Willingboro have targeted as being detrimental to the quality of life in Willingboro.
The largest unit within the Detective Division is the Case Detective Unit. Under the direction of Sgt. Jeffrey Perez, this unit of six detectives is annually assigned between 1,000 and 1,200 cases for follow-up investigation. In general, uniform patrol officers are the first to have contact with victims of crime. Theses officers conduct the initial investigation and prepare reports for follow-up investigation by the Detective Division. Cases assigned include criminal mischief, missing persons, aggravated and sexual assaults, burglaries, robberies and murder. Upon the successful completion of the detective’s investigation, suspects are arrested and a report is forwarded to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office for review and trial.
The second unit within the Detective Division is the Street Crimes Unit. This unit of two detectives and two police officers is overseen by Sgt. Kinamo Lomon and is responsible for the monitoring of gang activity, investigation to illegal activity by gang members, detection and apprehension of individuals affiliated with the manufacture, sale and transportation of illegal drugs within Willingboro. When the Street Crimes Unit receives information of gang or narcotics activity they set up surveillance to record and monitor the illegal activity at that location. Once enough probable cause is obtained an arrest of the suspect(s) can be made immediately or a search warrant is applied for and executed at a later date. Upon execution of the search warrant the suspect(s) are arrested, the scene is processed, property is seized and all evidence and reports are submitted to the prosecutor’s office for trial. Members of the Street Crimes Unit also provide presentations to organizations and residents about Gangs and illegal narcotics.