Lieutenant Terry Cochran
Criminal Investigation Section Supervisor
The Punta Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Section is a general investigation unit. It is responsible for the follow-up of but not limited to the following crimes: homicides, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, sexual battery, robbery, home invasion, kidnapping, burglaries, auto thefts, economic crimes and grand thefts. Crimes against children, white collar crime, credit card fraud, identity theft and economic scams also fall under theses general categories. The section also serves as a narcotic and criminal intelligence unit. This includes street level narcotic sales investigations and the dissemination of crime information to other jurisdictions.
The primary function of the Criminal Investigation Section is to conduct follow-up investigations of these reported felony crimes. These investigations consist of processing crime scenes, interviewing suspects, victims, and witnesses; analyzing information and evidence for validity, reliability, and accuracy; and compiling a comprehensive and factual case file to be presented to the State Attorney’s Office and in court. Detectives also assist uniform patrol officers with their investigations that require additional follow-up outside the geographic boundaries of the city or require data not accessible to them.
Personnel assigned to the Criminal Investigation Section include four sworn detectives, and one volunteer in policing from the community. Of the four detectives assigned, one is a supervising Lieutenant and another is a Corporal both of whom carry their own case investigation assignments, as well. The volunteer in policing serves as an analyst and researcher for the unit.