Support services, critical to assisting the patrol division, is carried out by detectives assigned to the Investigative Division. Personnel assigned to investigations report to the Detective Lieutenant in charge of the division.
The work assigned to and/or performed by the Detective division includes: investigation of all department major cases, to include narcotics interdiction and enforcement, sexual assaults, serious crimes against children, robberies, aggravated assault, stabbing incidents, gunshot wounds, deceased persons, forensics, embezzlement cases, computer crimes and identity theft, to name a few. Detectives are always on-call and are ready and capable of responding to investigate these events. In addition, members of the detective division also act as case officers in complex investigations, and coordinate court preparation and communications with the District Attorney's office.
Because of current manpower issues, the division has been reduced to two detectives, and in many cases the detectives respond to calls for service to augment the patrol force. This takes a great deal of time away from their assigned duties and reduces our overall investigative capability. An average detective may have between 8 to 17 cases at a time to investigate. In many cases investigations are conducted with the help of other officers, departments or state and federal investigators. But recently a great many have been put on hold because of manpower requirements.
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The Investigative Division includes the following assignments:
Provisional Lieutenant Daniel McCarthy:Lt. Mccarthy was assigned as the Detective Buereau Commander on 06-12-2011. Prior to this McCarthy served as the Watch Commander of the Dayshift and has been a full time police officer for the Greefield Police Department since 1992. He was promoted to the rank of Sgt. in 2000. Lt. McCarthy was the K9 handler for K9 Dakota from 1995 to 2001. Lt. McCarthy's duties include investigations, crime scene processing, responding to calls, maintaining the K9 unit, serving warrants and summons, traffic enforcement, community policing activities, booking and fingerprinting prisoners, and testifying in court. During the spring and summer months Lt.. McCarthy is a member of the bicycle unit, which is assigned to the downtown area and he deals with community problems in that area. Lt. McCarthy is also a member of the department’s special response team. Lt. McCarthy is also the police liaison to the human rights commission and the board of license commissioners. Lt. McCarthy was promoted to provisional Lieutenant in June 2012.
Detective Kevin Rowell: Detective Rowell has been a full time Greenfield Police Officer since July 1995. Detective Rowell is the Greenfield Police Department’s primary Narcotics Investigator. A partial list of duties include working with the public, other officers and agencies in the gathering of narcotics information, applying for both arrest warrants and search warrants, starting narcotics investigation cases, surveillance missions, management of funds to conduct operations, organizing officers locally and from other towns and agencies to assist in investigations. He is responsible for the execution of search warrants, collection of evidence, seizures of assets, arrests and charges involved in narcotics investigations, is responsible for all asset forfeitures such as property and funds, and is responsible for District and Superior court narcotics cases and case closures. Detective Rowell is also the primary Hampshire/Franklin Narcotics/Gang Task Force officer for the Greenfield Police Department. Detective Rowell is also a senior member of the Special Response Team (SRT). Detective. Rowell has been a member of that unit for the past several years. Detective Rowell is a member of the Honor Guard Unit.
Detective Todd Clark:Detective Clarkhas been a full time police officer for the Greenfield Police Department since 1994. Detective Clark holds a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Westfield State College. He is currently assigned to the Detective Bureau where he has worked for the past seven years. Detective Clark has held the positions of School Resource Officer, Field Training Officer, Bike Patrol Officer, and is a current member of the Special response Team, the Department’s Honor Guard, Department Liaison to the S.A.L.T. and volunteers as a Youth Commissioner in Greenfield.
Court Officer Christopher Greene:Court Officer Green has been a Greenfield Police Officer since 2000 and a police officer since 1993. He was assigned as the Student Resource Officer starting September 2008. He has served in the roll of Field Training Officer for the past 12 years. This includes training new officers to the department in all facets and responsibilities of patrol duties, including traffic enforcement, investigations of all crimes, patrol procedures, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operations, community policing, and all other related duties. He has previously served in the capacity of Domestic Violence Intervention Project liaison for the department. Currently, he is assigned to the day shift as the Court Officer.