Major Crimes Division

The Major Crimes Division is responsible for the apprehension and assistance in the prosecution of offenders for violent crimes. This division also provides investigative and special enforcement elements into solving crime throughout the City. Major crimes personnel assist the Commanding Officer in ensuring the efficient and effective operation of the division.

The Major Crimes Division is responsible for the following organizational subcomponents:

Shooting Response Team

The Shooting Response Team is responsible for investigating all incidents of gun violence that involve the discharge of a firearm, shooting-hits, shooting-no hits, shots fired, and all kidnapping incidents within the City of Newark.

Robbery Section

The Robbery Section is responsible for investigating all Robberies. Personnel are responsible for preliminary and follow-up investigations.

Criminal Intelligence Section

The Criminal Intelligence Section covertly gathers information related to criminal activity. Personnel are assigned to specific geographical areas to develop intelligence. Criminal Intelligence monitors all shots fired and disseminates intelligence accordingly. In addition, this unit encompasses personnel that are assigned to “Crime Stoppers” which publicizes information to encourage the public to report criminal activity and to become more involved with the safety of their community.

Crime Scene Section

The Crime Scene Section is responsible for the collection, recording, processing and the preservation of all evidence and related items found at crime scenes including, but not limited to, photographs and fingerprints.

The Crime Scene Section is responsible for the following organizational subcomponents:

Ballistics Laboratory

The Ballistics Laboratory is responsible for the examination of materials, specimens of firearms, ammunition and related objects recovered from crime scenes. Personnel are also responsible for the presentation of court testimony regarding analyzed evidence recovered from a crime scene.

Technical Services Unit

The Technical Services Unit is responsible for technical assistance required by the division. Primary duties include installing video surveillance cameras and global positioning system devices, conducting covert surveillance and rendering technical assistance to investigative components.

Fugitive Section

The Fugitive Section is responsible for a pro-active role in bringing fugitives to justice and for serving warrants for offenses where the violator has not responded to the order of the issuing court.

Narcotics Unit

The Narcotics Unit investigates drug distribution syndicates and narcotic related crime.

Real Time Crime Center

The Real Time Crime Center allows the division to instantaneously share intelligence with other agencies in an attempt to hinder crime.

Liaison Unit

The Liaison Unit coordinates with Federal, State and County law enforcement agencies to address crime within the city.

Major Crimes Division Leadership

Commanding Officer
Captain Patricia Rodrigues-Alfieri

Shooting Response Team Commander
Lieutenant Abraham James