Investigative Division of the Sheriff's Office is staffed with two full time
detectives. They are responsible for the investigations of the more
serious crimes and investigations that would be too time consuming for
the road deputy to conduct. Detectives investigate all crimes such as
murder, kidnapping, rapes, sexual assaults, burglaries, drug trafficking
or manufacturing. In general, the Investigative Division is primarily
involved in cases that would be classified as a felony crime.
On a daily basis, detectives review each day's shift activities
reports from the day before. A new lead to an old crime is constantly
looked for in a sustained effort to bring suspects into the system and
help Van Wert county victims find closure to a case that has grown old.
Each year detectives interview hundreds of people in the course of their
investigations. Interviewing suspects and witnesses is a recognized
technique that leads to the solving of crimes that are unrelated to the
actual crime being investigated. The interviewing of people is probably the most common task that a
detective is required to perform on a daily basis.
Through the years technology has brought the Internet and cell phone
to the availability of the citizens. With these advances in technology comes new waves of
crime that continues to grow as fast as the criminal's imagination will
take them. Detectives will investigate all Internet crimes as the
Any tips about criminal acts can be referred to the Sheriff's Office
detectives. You can remain anonymous.