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The Computer Crimes Unit provided support and investigation within the Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB) at the Chandler Police Department (CPD). Members of the unit supported CIB and patrol by performing forensic examinations on various types of devices and digital media that were integral in prosecution. The unit drafted and served numerous search warrants and provided technical assistance, training, and support to patrol and other CIB units. The unique capabilities of the Computer Crimes Unit made them a resource to not only CPD but outside agencies as well.
Computer Crimes Unit detectives investigated internet-based crimes against children, taught internet safety classes to parents and guardians, and conducted proactive investigations and other specialized investigations involving the exploitation of minors. Cases investigated by the unit in 2019 included:
Due to rapidly changing technology, Computer Crimes Unit detectives utilized every opportunity to enhance their skills. The unit received a grant from the Internet Crimes Against Children’s (ICAC) Taskforce, which provided training and equipment to support all investigations and support roles.
In 2019, the Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) continued its mission to gather and disseminate criminal intelligence and counter-terrorism information for Chandler Police Department (CPD). CIU’s primary function was to investigate intelligence leads on suspected criminal activity and terror threats and develop those leads into criminal enforcement projects. This effort is aided by assignments of CPD detectives to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, the East Valley Fusion Center, and the National Operations Center. Cooperation with our partners at the local, state, and federal levels ensured accurate and timely dissemination of important intelligence.
Some highlights of the hard work and dedication of the CIU detectives included:
The CIU performed an essential role in gathering and disseminating the necessary information to lead CPD in intelligence-led policing. The unit’s role in the department was instrumental in providing intelligence that ensured the safety of Chandler citizens.
The Financial Crimes Unit (FCU) carried one of the heaviest caseloads within the Criminal Investigations Bureau in 2019. Arrests made by the FCU revolved around retail theft and fraud investigations and included crimes committed across several jurisdictions throughout Arizona.
Cases investigated by the unit in 2019 included:
Over the past year, the Gang Enforcement Unit (GEU) investigated gang-related crimes and remained proactive in gang suppression. Detectives gathered and disseminated intelligence internally and externally with local, state, and federal partners. The GEU made 168 arrests, 81 of which were gang members. GEU continued to pursue career criminals and made arrests of members and associates of the Arizona Mexican Mafia.
GEU identified an increase in outlaw motorcycle gang activity and worked alongside east valley law enforcement partners to formulate a response. Additionally, the unit identified suspects, established felony crimes, and made arrests within a newly formed “hybrid” gang comprised of members of various gangs.
GEU provided support for other units of the Chandler Police Department (CPD) Criminal Investigation Bureau and patrol.
In 2019, The Gang Enforcement Unit’s accomplishments included:
The GEU worked directly with the newly formed Intelligence-Led Prosecution Unit at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to identify and submit cases on 13 career criminals.
GEU participated in community outreach and education by presenting on gang related issues at Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods (ICAN), Chandler Unified School District, the Arizona Cardinals Organization, and local colleges. GEU conducted a “proactive patrol” class for CPD and other agencies as well as participated in a Gang Liaison Officer (GLO) class. The GEU sergeant and a detective are board members on the Arizona Gang Investigators Association.
The mission of the Human Trafficking Unit is to investigate and prosecute individuals and organizations that engage in sex trafficking, prostitution, child prostitution, luring, and pandering. Throughout 2019, the unit continued to pursue this mission in order to do their part in combating this impactful issue. The Human Trafficking Unit continued its partnership with the FBI’s Greater Phoenix Area Human Trafficking Task Force by assigning a detective to the task force.
With a collaborative approach which includes criminal prosecution and community outreach, the Human Trafficking Unit held criminal offenders responsible for their actions and provided much needed resources to victims. Human Trafficking Unit successes during 2019 included:
In 2019, the Narcotics Unit had a direct impact in the community by addressing street-level narcotic sales and identifying larger drug trafficking organizations. To accomplish these goals, the Narcotics Unit utilized the actionable intelligence approach and developed partnerships. The unit worked closely with patrol to gather information and special investigations to target narcotics offenders. This process led to numerous arrests, significant seizures, and information about large scale drug trafficking organizations operating in the City of Chandler.
The Narcotics Unit developed and sustained partnerships with federal partners including the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Homeland Security, Border Patrol, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). Each partnership provided access to unique and valuable resources that enhance the unit’s capabilities.
Highlights of the Narcotics Unit in 2019 included:
Property Crimes Unit investigates criminal incidents such as residential, commercial, and vehicular burglaries. In 2019, the Property Crimes Unit maintained a proactive stance in their efforts to deter, detect, and successfully prosecute criminals who engaged in these crimes.
Notable Property Crimes Unit cases in 2019 included:
In 2019, the Robbery & Homicide Unit investigated five homicides, 27 suicides, and 14 accidental drug overdoses. All five homicide investigations resulted in an arrest.
Some notable cases investigated by the unit in 2019 included:
The Robbery & Homicide Unit continued to provide exceptional service to the citizens of Chandler. The unit’s clearance rate for violent crimes exceeded the national average and contributed to the City of Chandler’s title as one of the safest big-cities in the United States.
In 2019, the Special Victims Unit (SVU) was comprised of the Sex Crimes Unit and the Family Crimes Unit. The two units combined investigated over 600 cases involving serious crimes of physical and/or sexual abuse committed against adults and children. In addition, the unit oversees the registration and notifications of 187 registered sex offenders living within the City of Chandler. SVU partnered with the Victims Services Unit, Department of Child Safety, forensic nurse examiners, and many other organizations on a daily basis while conducting these investigations.
SVU detectives participated on the Arizona Child Abduction Response Team (AZ CART), a multi-jurisdictional team tasked with responding across the state to missing or endangered child critical events. Once a month, SVU participated in multi-disciplinary team meetings where government professionals and social service agencies identified gaps in the systems and avenues to assist in the investigation and prosecution for future cases.
The Family Advocacy Center (FAC) added two Office of Child Welfare Investigators (OCWIs) from the Department of Child Safety. This addition brought the FAC to full capacity and functionality. SVU worked closely with the OCWIs to provide timely services and to protect the children involved.
This year, SVU began the Therapy Canine Program with a female Labradoodle named “Annie.” The program was designed to provide emotional support for victims. Annie has been utilized for over 130 contacts to assist both adult and child victims of serious crimes while going through the investigative process.
SVU and Robbery & Homicide Unit detectives created a Cold Case Registry to review cold cases and utilize new technologies to solve homicides and sexual assaults. These efforts led to the development of new investigative leads and evidence resulting in prosecution on several cold cases, which include the following:
The Chandler Family Advocacy Center has been operating since July of 2018. This is a victim-centered facility where comprehensive, investigative services take place. In the Family Advocacy Center, the Victim Services Unit (VSU) worked alongside patrol officers, detectives from the Special Victims Unit and Homicide Unit, Honor Health forensic nurse examiners, members of the Department of Child Safety and Office of Child Welfare, Crisis Interventionists, and Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Forensic Interviewers to aid crime victims. In July 2019, Annie, the Family Advocacy Center’s emotional support canine, began interacting with adults and children at the Family Advocacy Center. Within six months, Annie met with 130 individuals.
During 2019, the VSU provided over 8,000 services to 1,011 victims of all crime types. The unit worked with victims and families of several felony cases, including 324 victims of child sexual abuse, 105 victims of aggravated assaults, 56 victims of adult sexual assault, 45 victims of child physical assault, and 6 victims of child pornography. VSU worked closely with detectives on high profile cases, attended arraignment hearings, and provided support during the trial and sentencing hearings where victims presented their victim impact statements before the court.
The unit also assisted sexual assault victims of cold cases, even traveling out of state to be present during the investigative process to provide emotional support. Along with providing individual assistance to the crime victims, the unit continued to work collaboratively with agencies in the community, some 2019 examples include: