The investigation of a criminal offense is one of the most critical police functions. The detective's main objective is to gather information that will successfully identify, apprehend, and prosecute a criminal offender. The Bureau works closely with the Patrol Division and also collaborates with the US Secret Service, FBI, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), US Postal Inspection Service, Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSP), Ohio Homeland Security, and the Department of Taxation. The Bureau prepares and delivers evidence to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation (BCI). The Bureau also obtains and executes search warrants, and prepares cases for trial in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas in Akron.
The Bureau has investigated, charged and obtained convictions for murder, arson, child pornography, sex crimes, burglary, grand theft, identity fraud, financial crimes, and Ohio RICO violations, among others.
The Bureau also manages the tip line. The Police Tip Line is a special phone number which provides for anonymous reporting of criminal activity or suspected criminal activity for which an immediate Police response is NOT required. Call (330) 342-1820 to leave information about any suspected criminal activity.