The Criminal Investigations Division conducts follow-up investigations on crimes reported to the Georgetown Police Department. Additionally, special units within the Criminal Investigation Division investigate homicides, sex crimes, fraud, child abuse, vice, narcotics activity, parolee and sex offender registration violations, and conduct fugitive apprehension.
Typically when an offense has been reported to the Police Department, a uniformed officer takes the report and forwards it to the Criminal Investigations Division Lieutenant (Lt. Stengle) for review. Cases are reviewed and assigned to detectives based on several solvability factors (e.g. Is there a named suspect, license plate number, physical evidence present, etc.).
Cases with workable leads take priority over cases that have a low probability of being solved. Some cases, by their very nature, are always assigned for follow-up. These types of cases would include homicides, robberies, sexual assaults, kidnappings, aggravated assaults, and arson. Once a detective receives a case with workable leads, the Detective will attempt to make contact with the complainant within 24 hours.
Cases lacking workable leads are still assigned to a detective but a follow-up investigation will usually not be initiated unless additional leads develop. In these cases, a detective will contact the complainant informing them of the status of their case. At any time during the intake and review process, complainants can call the Criminal Investigation Division office to inquire about the status of their case.
While it is our goal to review and assign cases within 24 hours of the initial report, weekends and holidays will often delay the review and assignment process. To inquire about a case please call Lt. Tim Stengle (512) 930-2518 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Criminal Investigations Division is comprised of four separate units, each having distinct responsibilities as it relates to the criminal investigation process.
Crimes Against Persons
The Crimes Against Persons Unit investigates crimes related to assaults, sexual assault, terroristic threats, injury to child/elderly, kidnapping, robbery, homicide, suicide, manslaughter, unattended deaths, child abuse/pornography, family violence, and missing persons.
The Property Crimes Unit has the responsibility of following up on any case involving thefts, motor vehicle thefts, burglary, arson, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, stolen property, or cruelty to animals.
The Financial Crimes Unit is responsible for investigating cases related to embezzlement, forgery, fraud, identity theft, credit card abuse, computer crimes, and scams.
Narcotics and Criminal Intelligence
The Narcotics and Criminal Intelligence Unit investigates cases involving narcotics, prostitution, alcohol, gambling, obscenity, and bribery. This unit is also responsible for registering and tracking all convicted sex offenders residing within the City of Georgetown. To inquire about the sex offender registration process or to request information on sex offenders living in the community, visit firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-819-3113. Information on registered sex offenders can also be obtained online by accessing the Texas DPS Sex Offender Database at http://records.txdps.state.tx.us/
Crime Scene Unit
The Georgetown Police Department has a Crime Scene Specialist on staff that is responsible for photographing, recovering, and processing evidence at crime scenes, as well as managing the Police Department’s property room.