Directives Investigations

  1. 640.20 Sexual Assault Investigations- Detective contact will be as follows:
    1. Victims age 14 years and older involving non-family perpetrators: Sex Crimes Unit (SCU) detectives.

    2. Victims under 14 years old and all victims under 18 years old involving family perpetrators: Child Abuse Team (CAT) detectives.

    • 3. A SCU/CAT detective will be contacted when a suspect is in custody for:
    • A. Rape 1
    • B. Sodomy 1
    • C. Sex Abuse 1
    • D. Unlawful Sexual Penetration 1 and 2
  2. 640.20 Sexual Assault Investigations - Incident circumstances include:
    1. Victim is able to articulate a crime has been committed and,

    2. Crime is no more than 84 hours old, and,

    3. Victim is willing to cooperate with an investigation (i.e. submit to rape exam), or,

    4. The nature or complexity of the crime requires a detective response.
  3. 640.20 Sexual Assault Investigations - Detective Responsibilities
    1. Conduct a thorough investigation and gather evidence as appropriate. Provide direction on investigative responsibilities and procedures to the responding officer.

    2. Conduct thorough follow-up on assigned cases and assist the District Attorney's office with prosecution.

    3. Complete a Forensic Laboratory form and transfer the Sexual Assault Evidence Kit and any other items of evidence to the Oregon State Police Crime Lab, if necessary.
  4. 640.10 Crime Scene Procedures - Notification of Detectives Homicide Detail
    WILL BE notified in the following cases:

    1. Homicides

    2. Questionable deaths

    3. Suicides

    4. Serious Assaults, with a possibility of death.

    5. Abduction/kidnap

    6. Shootings or serious assaults involving police members, whether the member is the victim or not.

    7. Custody cases involving Aggravated Murder, Murder, Manslaughter, Assault I or 2, or kidnap 1 or 2.

    8. Hate Crimes.
  5. 640.10 Crime Scene Procedures - Notification of Detectives Robbery Detail
    All robbery reports SHOULD BE faxed to the Robbery Detail prior to going off duty.

    1. Commercial robbery involving injuries or firearms discharge.

    2. All Robbery 1 and 2 custodies.

    3. Any Robbery 1 or 2 with suspect information and the need for immediate follow-up.
  6. 640.10 Crime Scene Procedures - Notification of Detectives Sex Crimes Unit
    1. Rapes.

    2. Sodomies.
  7. 640.10 Crime Scene Procedures - Notification of Detectives Child Abuse Team
    1. Sex offenses involving children under the age of 12, except expose cases.
  8. 640.10 Crime Scene Procedures - Notification of Detectives Other Crimes
    1. Crimes eliciting unusual public interest or having unusual political implications.

    2. Unusual circumstances which might indicate that immediate detective follow-up is needed.

    3. If a patrol supervisor feels an investigation needs detective assistance, a Detective supervisor should be contacted to determine if a detective is available.
  9. 640.10 Crime Scene Procedures - Detective Responsibilities
    1. Assume command of the investigation upon their arrival. They will be responsible only to their own supervisors and will contact an on-duty sergeant or relief commander, if it is necessary for uniform members to stay at the scene and assist.

    2. Ascertain from uniformed members how far the investigation has progressed in order to avoid duplication of effort.

    3. Obtain a detailed description of suspects and property for broadcast by BOEC.

    4. Interview witness(es) or ensure officers have obtained a thorough statement. All witnesses will be kept separated until after the interview.

    5. Interview suspects.

    6. Request additional aid through their supervisor, if needed.

  10. 640.30 Child Abuse Investigations - Child Abuse is:
    1. Any physical injury to a child by other than accidental means, including any injury that appears to be at variance with the explanation given as cause for the injury.

    2. Any mental injury to a child that will include only observable and substantial impairment of the child's mental or psychological ability to function, caused by cruelty to the child, with due regard to the culture of the child.

    3. Sexual abuse, including but not limited to rape, sodomy, sexual abuse, incest, and unlawful sexual penetration.

    4. Sexual exploitation of a child including visual recording of sexual conduct of children.

    5. Negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child including, but not limited to, failure to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter or medical care.

    6. Threatened harm to a child; subjecting a child to a substantial risk of harm to the child's health or welfare.
  11. 640.30 Child Abuse Investigations - A child will be taken into protective custody by a member when:
    1. The child is in imminent danger if not taken into protective custody.

    2. There is a threat that abuse will occur if the child is not removed from the home (i.e., the child has been the victim of sexual molestation by a family member and that family member is still in the home, likely to return to the home or the other members of the family are not supportive of the victim).

    3. There are no other alternative resources (such as relative) to care for the child.
  12. 640.30 Child Abuse Investigations - A child may be taken into protective custody when:
    1. A child under 10 years of age is left without supervision.

    2. The child's conditions or surroundings reasonably appear to jeopardize the child's welfare.
  13. 640.30 Child Abuse Investigations - If a child is taken into protective custody, the member will make reasonable efforts to notify the parents with the following:
    1. The fact the child has been taken into custody.

    2. The reasons why the child was taken into custody.

    3. General information about the child's placement (i.e., hospital, shelter home, JDH, etc.).

    4. That a Juvenile court hearing will occur the next court day.

    5. The telephone number of the DHS hotline.
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Directives Investigations
640.30 Child Abuse, 640.20 Sexual Assault, 640.10 Crime Scene Procedures