The Investigations Unit is responsible for follow-up investigations involving criminal cases. Additional duties of the Investigations Unit include:
Gathering physical evidence
Preparing cases for presentation to city and state prosecuting attorneys for disposition
The unit is led by Detective Sergeant Joe Fanara, who oversees 11 full-time detectives.
To find out which detective has been assigned a case, you may call 816-228-0156. Please have your assigned case number available for reference.
Inside Police Investigations
Below is a piece written by Police Investigations Lt. John M. Kingsolver, Jr. on how the unit operates and the importance of the public's help. It was originally shared in the The Blue Springs Magazine.
In the shadow of Sherlock Holmes, the master of deductive reasoning, the Investigation Unit of the Blue Springs Police Department comes to life. You may ask yourself “What is the Investigation Unit?” Most believe it operates in the shadows; solving crimes in one hour as seen on popular CSI shows. There are times when we do solve crimes in one hour; however, sometimes cases take longer.
The Investigations Unit is part of the Blue Springs Police Department’s Staff Services Bureau which also includes Special Victims Unit, Domestic Violence, and Street Crimes. Typical cases covered by this unit include theft, assault, larceny and homicide to name a few. When working cases, our investigators work closely with cyber units, undercover units, crime analysts, drug enforcement and have a host of other resources to assist in problem solving. That being said, the most important resource our officers have is the public. An attentive public helps officers catch the offender and greatly increases the chances of stolen items being returned to their owners.
How You Can Help
Check out these tips on how you can help our officers during a crime investigation.
Record and photograph all valuables. Be sure to list serial numbers, make/ model, and description of all items. Keep this information in a secure location.
Be aware of your surroundings and make mental notes. Keep a pen and pad handy for notes to help you recall details later when speaking with the police.
When giving information to the police, use details. Taking notes in your note pad saves you and the officer time because you can refer to notes taken earlier. When investigators arrive, more detailed questions will be asked. Don’t panic, just
take your time, speak clearly and write legibly. Keep in mind, statements may lead to other questions and this is normal.