The police department's investigation division is divided into three separated but equally important specialized sections, the General Assignment, Crime Scene and Vice. All three units consist of highly trained, well-educated, highly motivated individuals who achieve great satisfaction from investigating, apprehending and incarcerating criminals.
The Investigation section is responsible for the follow up investigations into all major crimes that occur within the jurisdiction of the City of Riviera Beach. This includes both crimes against property and crimes against persons. The crimes against property sometimes range from burglaries, petit thefts to frauds and extortion. Crimes against persons sometimes range from simple assaults to first-degree homicides. All of the Investigators assigned to this section are dedicated to the protection of children, adults, the elderly and the property of the citizens of the city. The Investigators routinely work closely with the Crime Scene Detectives along with other Investigators from local, state and federal agencies. Once an Investigator is assigned to a case it his/her responsibility to achieve a successful conclusion by exploring all avenues at his/her disposal. The Investigator is responsible for interviewing the victim when possible, interviewing and interrogating the suspect, interviewing witnesses, tracing property and examining evidence. It is also the responsibility of the Investigator to document all of the facts and activity of the case through reports along with affidavits and present them to his/her supervisor for review and to the state Attorney's Office when applicable.
The crime scene unit is composed of police technicians specially trained in the collection, preservation and documentation of evidence. The police technicians are specially trained in several different methods of processing and lifting latent fingerprints left behind at a crime scene. They also specialize in photography, videotaping, blood spatter patterns, examinations of firearms, projectiles, shell casings and many other forms of evidence left behind by suspects. The police technicians work extremely close with the members of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Crime Lab and many other local, state and federal agencies.
The Vice Unit agents identify, investigate and infiltrate street level to mid-level narcotics dealers and their organizations within the City of Rivera Beach. The narcotics agents work closely with other units within the Investigations Bureau as well as local, state and federal authorities.