INVESTIGATIONS UNIT

Detective Bureau

The primary role of the Detective Bureau is to conduct follow-up investigations of criminal reports, and provide investigative support in the preparation and prosecution of criminal cases with the District Attorney’s Office. The Detective Bureau is comprised of a Detective Sergeant, 4 Detectives, an Investigative Specialist, Crime Scene Investigators, and a Crime Analyst. In addition, Detectives often develop information and intelligence on criminal activity, look for missing persons, assist parole and probation officers, serve arrest and search warrants and act as liaison between the crime victim or witness and the criminal justice system.

Another aspect of the Detective Bureau is assisting other agencies. Detectives, on occasion, are called upon to assist outside agencies with investigations of crimes or incidents that occurred outside the City of Menifee, but may have local residents involved as victims, witnesses or suspects. Detectives are also asked to make presentations to the community on topics such as domestic violence, crime prevention and illegal drug identification.

The following units comprise the Detective Bureau:

Crimes Against Persons

Crimes against person are investigated by Detectives and includes offenses such as homicide, robbery, sex offenses, child abuse, threats, missing persons, domestic violence, and elder abuse. Detectives empathize with how impactful being a victim can be on anyone, and because of this they work closely with women’s shelter, child and adult protective services, and advocate groups.

Property Crime

Crimes against property are investigated by Detectives and include offenses such residential and commercial burglaries, all types of theft, auto theft and burglary, financial crimes, identity theft, and vandalism. Detectives work closely with our crime analyst, other agencies, and our community partners in the effort to reduce and solve crime, as well as hold those offenders accountable.

Criminal Intelligence

Crime Analysts study patterns in an effort to predict the time, place and day that a crime might occur. They utilize computer databases specifically designed for the purpose of gathering and studying criminal data. Crime analysts not only use the information they gather to identify criminals but to target possible suspects as well. Our crime analyst is very successful in identifying criminals, crime trends and predicting future trends.

 

Contact Us:

Denise Keith

Investigations Lieutenant

dkeith@menifeepolice.org

951-723-1521

 

Jason Adams

Detective Bureau Sergeant

jadams@menifeepolice.org

951-723-1540

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Identity Theft – What do I do if I think I have been victimized?

Our information can be obtained, stolen, and misused, in many different ways. This can be your identifying information or financial information. Suspects that obtain this information most often use it to obtain goods, services, or money.

Penal Code Section 530.5 provides that every person who willfully obtains personal identifying information for any unlawful purpose including obtaining or attempting to obtain credit, goods, services or medical information in the name of the other person without the consent of that person is guilty of a public offense.

Personal Identifying Information includes:

· Address

· Demand deposit account number

· Driver’s license number

· Employee identification number

· Mother’s maiden name

· Name

· Place of employment

· Savings account number or credit card number of an individual person

· Social security number

· Telephone number

Filing a Report

If you belief you are a victim of identity theft, file a report with the law enforcement agency where you reside. Agencies work together to determine where the crime happened and will forward your report to the appropriate jurisdiction for investigative purposes. Menifee detectives will investigate identify offense that occurred within the city.

You are the only one who can clear your credit report. Due to privacy laws, creditors cannot share information regarding your accounts - even fraudulent ones - until you have personally notified the creditor of the fraudulent nature of the account(s).

Additionally, if you have been a victim of identity theft, you may be able to place fraud alerts on your credit accounts. For more information and resources, please visit identitytheft.gov

How do I submit a crime tip?

To have an officer contact you regarding concerning surrounding suspected narcotics activity, please call 951-723-1590.

If you have a tip about criminal activity occurring in the City of Menifee, please contact us 951-723-1600. You may submit a tip by email: Investigations@menifeepolice.org

It is helpful when calling to provide as much detail as possible, to include names, addresses, vehicles, and any other information which you believe would be of assistance. You may be anonymous, but please know anonymous calls are not considered reliable information and must be corroborated before law enforcement action can be taken.