This is a support division that serves all of the Sheriff’s stations and divisions within the geographical jurisdiction of the department.
The division, currently under the command of Captain Tom Neely, is responsible for investigating a variety of major crimes, including but not limited to; homicide, suspicious deaths, in-custody deaths, officer-involved shooting incidents where injury occurs, crimes against children, a Hi-Tech unit for cases involving computers and technological devices and a polygraph detail.
In addition to the more conventional investigations, and as a result of the specialized training and experience acquired by investigators assigned to the division, sensitive specialized investigations for other law enforcement agencies and/or County departments are also conducted. Essentially, the services of the division are available to any law enforcement agency in the County with the approval of the Office of the Sheriff.
Development and application of new technological resources in the fight against crime has been an ongoing challenge. New, state-of-the-art computer software and hardware is being applied on a regular basis to keep on the cutting edge of information resources. Investigators routinely use computer technology to generate computer crime scene diagrams for court display, to track ongoing cases with current database programs, and to obtain information and resources to assist in locating and identifying potential suspects and witnesses.
In mid-2011, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Specialized Investigations Division was awarded grant funds by a local Law and Justice Group, consisting of the District Attorney’s Office, County Probation, the Public Defender’s Office, the Courts, the Sheriff’s Dept. and police agencies within the county, to purchase the state-of-the-art Leica ScanStation C10 3D laser scanning system, as seen on the A&E television show, Crime 360. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is one of the only Southern California Law Enforcement Agencies using the Leica ScanStation C10. The Leica ScanStation is a versatile and very accurate 3D laser scanning system that 3-dimensionally photographs and measures a scene to scale, exactly the way in which the first responder encountered it.