Any criminal case that requires investigation to document the facts is directed to this division for assignment to a detective. Each case will be analyzed and either assigned to an investigator or closed, depending on that case's solvability factors.
Almost every police organization that employs full time investigators uses a version of this system to assign cases. If certain basic facts are known, (such as the suspect's name or nickname, suspect's vehicle information, a perpetrator's home or work location, the individual's associates, or a valuable piece of physical evidence) this can lead investigators on a clear path to resolve the case. Without a distinct degree of " lead " information, these cases have almost no potential for resolution.
The information gained in the original case report, even cases lacking solvability factors, can be helpful in establishing valuable information showing crime patterns. This can lead to increased patrols in various neighborhoods, and later, if a suspect is developed, a formerly unassigned case can be resolved.
Most cases are sent to General Assignment Investigators, however, certain cases are sent directly to the Prosecutor's Office, or assigned to specialty units.
Once your case is forwarded to the Prosecutor's Office, an assigned prosecutor will review this information to determine if information is sufficient to be brought forth to the court system for prosecution for that given crime. You may be contacted by the Prosecutor's Office or The Division of Victim/Witness Services of the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office.
This division seeks to be a leader in the community in assuring that all victims of crime receive compassionate advocacy. We will provide information to victims who have been thrust into the criminal justice system, help them to understand what is happening around them during the process of investigating and prosecuting the perpetrator of the crime, and treat all victims with understanding, respect, and dignity.
Please retain this information for future police and prosecutor contacts, it contains information to assist you in asserting your rights as a victim in this case.
If you obtain further information pertinent to this case, please call Police Communications at (574) 235-9201. Much information can be taken via telephone for follow up information relating to your case.
You will typically not be recontacted by the Police Department unless an arrest is made, property is recovered, or additional information is required. It is your responsibility to notify the Police Department of any address or phone number changes.