Criminal Investigation Division
The Criminal Investigation Division is responsible for investigating felony crimes and high profile cases of all natures. These crimes include but are not limited to homicides, assaults, armed robberies, arsons, burglaries, kidnappings, internet crimes, auto thefts, identity theft, and other felony crimes.
The Division consists of units who investigate the distribution and sale of narcotics in our region. These units also focus their attention on criminal gang members who are responsible for violent crime in our region. The Criminal Investigation Division consists of the following units: Crimes Against Persons, Crimes Against Property, Tri City Metro Drug Task Force (One Kennewick Supervisor and One Detective) and the Criminal Apprehension Team (CAT). These investigative units also maintain a relationship with local, state and federal agencies who are committed to public safety throughout our community.
The Crimes Against Persons Unit is responsible for any major case investigation in which a crime is committed against another person or persons.
The Kennewick Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Property Crimes Unit investigates Crimes Against Property cases such as forgery, fraud, theft, and burglary.
The Crime Analysis Division is a vital component for the Kennewick Police Department with the primary focus of identifying the people, places, patterns and overall problems that are influencing crime for any given area.
The purpose of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is to investigate officer-involved incidents occurring within Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla Counties that involve substantial bodily harm or death. In accordance with RCW 10.114.011, the SIU shall conduct an independent criminal investigation to determine the facts of what occurred. The results of the SIU investigation shall be forwarded to the venue county prosecutor’s office for review. The prosecutor’s office, not the SIU, will interpret statutory law as it pertains to the incident and determine if there were any criminal violations.
Our evidence team handles the destruction and / or return of evidence after the case is complete, processing or packaging evidence at crime scenes, and handling all forfeiture procedures on seized evidence. They fingerprint citizens when needed, train personnel on proper evidence procedures, and help out with public speaking at our local schools, colleges, and citizen academies.