Investigating crimes and the relentless purusit of those responsible for them is the job of the Azusa Police Department Detective's Bureau.
After an initial police report is taken by a patrol officer, the case is delivered to the detective bureau for their investigation.
The bureau is divided into the following sections:
- Property Crimes - These are crimes such as vandalism, forgery, credit card theft, burglaries ,auto thefts, etc.
- Person Crimes - These are crimes such as domestic violence, robberies, stabbings, shootings, etc.
- Sex Crimes - These are crimes such as rape, sexual assaults, child abuse, child molestations, etc.
- Gang Crimes - These are any cases involving gang members
- Special Enforcement Team - These are crimes involving narcotics and high-profile cases.
What Do The Experts Know?
Here are some helpful tips from the men and women who investigate crimes occuring in the City of Azusa.
- Close and lock your doors and windows when you leave your vehicle, business or home
- Install and use video surveillance cameras and systems
- Shred any documents you are done using, which may have personally identifiable information on them
- Do not give anyone money in hopes of receiving more money in the future. You're being scammed
- Do not give out any personal information or passwords to anyone over the phone or through email
- Do not wait to call the police. When something "weird, strange or odd" occurs in front of you, call us
How Cases Are Processed
Many times, victims wonder what is happening with their case. With the myriad of TV shows showing crimes being solved in one episode, this can lead to frustration from victims.
The Azusa Police Department's Detective Bureau prides itself on completing thorough investigations. This means making sure all of the facts, evidence, procedures and laws have been gathered, followed and processed into a fileable case. We do not rush to judgement or wish to prosecute innocent people. Unfortunately, this process can take time as our detectives not only put the pieces together, but seal them tight for prosecution.
Once the detective bureau has completed their part, they will forward the case package to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The district attorney will determine whether the case should be prosecuted, or if more work is needed on the part of law enforcement. Once the conditions are met, the district attorney will then prosecute those individuals responsibe for the crime.
Occassionally, the Azusa Police Department will call upon the resources of other agencies to assist in the investigation of certain cases. Depending on the complexity of the case, or geographical limitations, it may be necessary to include agencies with access to resources in other areas, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the California Department Of Alcoholic Beverage Control, or the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Working closely with these other agencies allows our department to provide the people of Azusa with the finest of law enforcement services, technology and expertise.
How To Contact Us
If you would like to contact a member of the detective bureau, call (626) 812-3200, and request to speak to the detective handling your case. Please have your case number handy, if you don't know which detective is assigned to you.