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Detective Division


Torrance PD awarded the 2008 DNA Achievement Award

The Detective Division coordinates the on-scene investigation of major incidents; investigates crimes which require extended periods of time, expertise, or sensitivity; and conducts follow up to all crimes initiated through patrol reports.

The Division determines if a crime has been committed, gathers and preserves evidence, identifies and apprehends the offender, recovers stolen property, prepares cases which lead to the successful prosecution and conviction of the perpetrator and renders assistance to the crime victim is of prime importance during all stages of an investigation.

Units within the Detective Division include:

The Crimes Persons Section, which investigates homicide, assaults, domestic violence and missing persons.

The Crimes Property Section, which investigates burglary, larceny, auto theft, and vehicle tampering. It establishes and maintains a cooperative relationship with all alarm holders within the city.

The Youth Services Section (includes sex crime investigations and school resource officers), which investigates cases involving juvenile suspects.  The Sex Crime Detail investigates all sexual assault cases. The Detail investigates all indecent exposure and child annoyance cases. It also tracks all sex registrants who reside in the City of Torrance. It also investigates all physical, sexual, neglect, and endangerment of children under the age of 18.  School Resource Officers are assigned to each high school campus and maintain a close working relationship with the administration and staff.

The Economic Crimes Section (which includes financial and physical elder abuse) investigates forgery/fraud and identity theft, as well as crimes involving forgery of checks, wills, real estate deeds, loan documents, and all other questioned legal documents.  Identity theft involves creating new documents or credit cards using the identity of another person.  Although investigations is their main task, Identity Theft detectives also attend community meetings to make presentations educating people on how to prevent victimization.  Elder Abuse detectives investigate financial crimes and physical abuse on elderly victims.  Elder Abuse detectives also provide public education through a program called the "Keep-Safe" coalition.

This section also maintains a relationship with the Internet Fraud Complaint Center, which is operated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The High Tech Crime Unit investigates criminal cases where a computer is the target of a crime, or an instrument in the commission of a crime. This unit is also called upon to assist local law enforcement agencies with the seizure and processing of computer related evidence.

The Detective Division is also responsible for the administration and use of the Megan's Law database.

Click the link below to view a story about or TPD Sketch Artist and how composite drawings are used to catch criminals.