General Investigations Unit

Responsibilities

The General Investigations Unit (GIU) is responsible for the thorough investigation of major crimes, including:

  • Burglary
  • Child abuse
  • Elder abuse
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery
  • Grand theft
  • Homicide
  • Identity theft
  • Rape
  • Robbery


These specific crimes are assigned to individual detectives who, working solo or as a team, collect evidence, secure statements from the involved parties, and bring the investigation to a close. Detectives work very closely with the District Attorney's Office.

Staffing

There are currently three full-time detectives assigned to GIU. All assigned detectives several years of experience as police officers. GIU has one detective whose primary assignment is the tracking and registration of convicted sex offenders.

The detective special-assignment is periodically rotated amongst the police officers, with each individual assignment lasting about five years. Detectives attend specialized schools of instruction dealing with subjects such as homicide investigation, robbery investigation, sexual assault investigation, and more.

  1. Shad Canestrino

    Lieutenant

  2. Ricardo Garcia

    Sergeant

  3. Mike Hitchcock

    Detective

  4. Adam Lockie

    Detective

  5. John Nickel

    Detective