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.
The Investigative Division includes the following assignments:
Acting Lieutenant Daniel 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 Town of Greenfield for the past 22 years, He was promoted to the rank of Sgt. in 2000. Sgt McCarthy was the K9 handler for K9 Dakota from 1995 to 2001. Sgt. 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 Sgt. McCarthy is a member of the bicycle unit, which is assigned to the downtown area and he deals with community problems in that area. Sgt. McCarthy is also a member of the department’s special response team. Sgt. McCarthy is also the police liaison to the human rights commission and the board of license commissioners.
Detective Kevin Rowell was hired as a reserve officer on August 29th, 1993. Detective Rowell was hired full-time July 16th, 1995 and has been a full time officer for the past 13 years. Detective Rowell currently works 3-11pm.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. Detective Rowell has been assigned as the Task Force officer to aid and assist working with 32 other counties in which make up the Task Force Community. Detective. Rowell has been responsible for organizing large groups of Task Force officers to curb the narcotics activity throughout both counties. The Task Force is designed to have numerous officers working together to share information which may affect surrounding communities. Detective Rowell is also a part of the entire Detective Bureau in which some duties include sexual assault crimes, property crimes, long investigative crimes and financial crimes to name a few. Detective Rowell is also responsible for, and assisting in the processing of crime scenes to include scene preservation, collection of evidence, interviews and information gathering, processing of fingerprints, comparison of fingerprints as well as other duties. Detective Rowell is also responsible for Uniform patrol shifts, responding to calls, assisting the public, enforcing motor vehicle infractions, investigation of general crimes, taking reports and handling complaints. 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. Some duties include search and rescue, protection details, high risk entries and barricaded subjects. This would also include areas where long term scene protection or investigations are warranted. Detective Rowell is a member of the Honor Guard Unit. Duties include officer presence for special events, parades and funerals.
Detective Todd Clarkhas been a police officer 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., Computer Network Administrator for the Department, and volunteers as a Youth Commissioner in Greenfield. division.
Detective Officer Stephen Westerling currently serves as the Court officer hehas been member of the Greenfield Police Department 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.