Welcome to the University of Florida Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. This portion of the web site will detail information about this fascinating aspect of law enforcement.
The Criminal Investigations Division is tasked with following leads developed during the initial reporting of criminal activity to the University Police Department. The Criminal Investigations Division is ready to respond anytime, day or night, to the needs of crime victims, or to the scene of any criminal activity including, but not limited to, Homicide, Burglary, Arson, Aggravated Battery, etc.
The members of the Criminal Investigations Division first work to follow up on reports of criminal activity initially reported to our uniformed patrol officers. The Detectives then establish that a criminal act was indeed committed, identify and apprehend the person responsible for the criminal act, and attempt to recover any property that may have been stolen. The Investigations Division is also responsible for forensic examination of crime scenes along with the evaluation, collection, and maintenance of evidence. The Investigations Division plays an integral part in assisting the State of Florida in prosecuting the suspect charged with the offense. At the University of Florida, Detectives may also utilize the services of the Office of Student Judicial Affairs in lieu of proceeding with criminal charges.
The Criminal Investigations Division is managed by a Lieutenant who supervises one Detective Sergeant, nine Detectives, and one Program Assistant. Investigative personnel receive specialized education and training in Homicide Investigation, Sexual Assault and Battery, Narcotics investigation and identification, Interview and Interrogation Techniques, Crime Scene Processing, Financial Fraud Investigation, and many other investigative disciplines.
The University of Florida’s Investigations staff works in cooperation with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. If you wish to contact the Investigations Division, please feel free to call (352) 392-4705 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (except on university or national holidays). If you wish to contact us after those hours, please call (352) 392-1111. You can also write to the following address:
Criminal Investigations Division
ATTN: Lt. Mitchal Welsh or Sgt. Hank Spurlin
Building 132, Museum Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-2150
e-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org