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Central Investigations

The Central Investigations Unit consists of four sergeants and over 30 highly trained detectives. This unit is on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to respond to crime scenes and investigations occurring in the unincorporated areas and contract towns serviced by the Sheriff's Office.

The Unit also performs follow-up investigations on patrol reports and provides training to patrol deputies and performs specialized enforcement details as necessary.

Vehicular Crimes Unit:(602)876-1087
The Vehicular Crimes Unit investigates serious injury and fatal traffic accidents throughout the unincorporated areas and contract towns serviced by the Sheriff's Office. It is a squad of highly trained Sheriff's Sergeant and Lieutenant who are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The unit also performs follow up investigations on hit & run accidents, provides accident investigation training to the patrol deputies, and performs specialized enforcement details as necessary.

The detectives in the unit receive advanced training in accident investigation and reconstruction which allows them to determine how the accident happened based on the physical evidence present at the accident scene.

This advanced training also covers the use of specialized equipment such as the Accident Investigation Measuring System (AIMS), which is a laser measuring device much like those used by surveyors.

Information is downloaded into specialized software in a laptop computer. The software then draws the entire scene much faster and much more accurately than drawing it by hand.

The detectives receive advanced training from the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training, the Institute of Police Technology and Management, the Governor's Office of Community and Highway Safety, and the Northwestern University Traffic Institute. In addition, they attend various seminars and conferences sponsored by different entities in this field.