The primary focus of the Sparks Police Department Detective Section is to investigate and complete felony or complex cases reported to our Patrol Division.  Additionally, the Sparks Police is a member of the Regional Officer Involved Shooting Protocol and our detectives and detective supervisors lead and assist in investigations when a law enforcement officer is involved in a shooting incident.

Our Detective Section is comprised of:  2 Victim Advocates, 1 Crime Analyst, 1 Administrative Secretary, 14 detectives assigned to general assignment, 2 Detective Sergeants and 1 Lieutenant.

Our Victim Advocates provide emotional support for our victims and guide them to available resources. Our Crime Analyst reviews crimes on a weekly basis to identify crime trends.  This information is organized in a detailed report and shared with regional law enforcement agencies, general assignment detectives and the Regional Crime Suppression Unit (RCSU).  Our Administrative Secretary assists with case typing, transcripts, case management and case dissemination with other local agencies and the District Attorney’s Office.

Cases are assigned to detectives according to their primary case assignment. However, with the exception of detectives assigned to Child Sex Crimes, we are not a division of specialized investigators. Our focus and commitment is to create a cross-functional team capable of providing excellent investigations regardless of the crime. There are 5 detectives assigned to Child Sex Crimes, 4 detectives assigned to Violent Crimes and 5 detectives assigned to Property Crimes.

Our goal is to provide excellent investigations that are thorough, detailed and focused on the needs of our victims. To accomplish this, we employ teamwork approach that involves everyone in our section.

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Notice regarding COVID-19

In an attempt to provide the best service we can to our community, the Sparks Police Department will be implementing several preventative measures to help reduce or prevent the exposure and spread of Covid-19. These changes will begin 11/16/2020. This temporary altering and or reduction in services is only temporary and is designed to help reduce exposure to both our community and our employees. The Sparks Police Department is committed to placing our community first and this is an effort to keep our staff healthy and available to assist our community’s emergent needs. These changes in services are only temporary. Non-Essential Services will be suspended until further notice. All Work Permits Fingerprint Cards Additionally, the following services will be provided online or via mail only until further notice: Criminal History Requests (Online or Mail ONLY) Case Requests (Online or Mail ONLY) Convicted Persons Registration (Online or Mail ONLY) Sex Offender Registration (Online or Mail ONLY) Our front desk will be open by appointment only. We ask for your patience during this time as there may be longer than usual waiting times. For more information please contact the Records Department at (775) 353-2279.

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