Investigations

Division Overview

The Investigative Division is made up of eight full-time officers, including:

  • Two General Detectives
    • Investigate cases such as crimes against adults and property crimes.
    • Includes a Computer Forensic Investigator who performs forensic examinations on computers for various investigations, such as:
      • Child pornography
      • Child exploitation
      • Criminal sexual conduct
      • Narcotics cases
  • Two Juvenile Detectives 
    • Investigate crimes against children and vulnerable adults, such as physical and sexual abuse and financial exploitation.
  • Four Narcotics Detectives 
    • Local drug trafficking
    • Gang related cases
    • Historical conspiracy cases

Task Forces

We currently participate in three different task forces. Narcotics Investigators are assigned to the Red River Valley Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force whose members are attached to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Drug Task Force out of Fargo, ND. Our Computer Forensic Investigator is also a member of the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force (ICAC). The participation in these task forces allows for additional funding to offset the cost of salaries, overtime, and equipment. This funding comes from grant money and federal agencies.

Predatory Offenders

The Investigative Division maintains local predatory offender files by tracking and ensuring compliance of approximately 145 Clay County offenders. For the past several years, our agency has taken a proactive response to monitor offenders moving to our city. Per State of Minnesota statute, offenders are required to register with the Police Department when they change address and move into Moorhead. Officers and investigators are each assigned specific offenders that are randomly checked for compliance. We track and record their address, vehicles, school, and place of employment. We will continue to be diligent monitoring offenders' activity and whereabouts, as history has shown that some offenders will reoffend and some do not comply with requirements. 

Background Investigations

The division is also responsible for conducting background investigations for most City licenses and permits including gaming, liquor, pawn, masseuse, and used car dealers. We conduct background checks and issue permits for citizens wishing to purchase handguns and semiautomatic, military-style, assault weapons. We have seen a steady increase in firearm purchase permit applications since 2006 and the number of permits issued doubled from 2009 to 2012.

 Case Statistics

In 2012, the Investigative Division closed 801 cases and served 66 search warrants.

Case Type

2012 Count

Administration

12

Arson

2

Assault

56

Assist

51

Burglary

31

Criminal Sexual Conduct

94

Computer Forensics

18

Death

22

Missing Person

4

Narcotics

71

Permits

40

Predatory Offender

206

Robbery

3

Theft

53

Other Case Types

138