Detective

 2011 Criminal Investigation Team                                                                                                                                               
Investigating Major Felony Crimes

The Detective Division is the unit that investigates all (but is not limited to) major felony crimes within the City of Southaven.

The mission of the Division is to be proactive in a fair and impartial manner in seeking out all identified individuals who participate in illegal activities and to take an aggressive stance enforcing the laws to protect citizens against crime. The Detective Division is comprised of six full-time detectives.

Division Duties
Detectives are called to address criminal activity in a variety of ways including:
  • Arrest duties
  • Background investigations
  • Detailed crime scene investigation
  • High visibility plain-clothes work
  • Intelligence gathering
  • Polygraph services
  • Search warrants
  • Surveillance
  • Undercover operations

Additional Functions

The most recognized duties of detectives include receiving reports prepared by the patrol officers and performing the appropriate follow-up investigations. Detectives must be able to identify, preserve, and collect evidence at a crime scene. They prepare reports for use within the various court systems - City, County, State, and federal. They are required to testify in court and give accurate and detailed testimony relative to the results of criminal investigations. They must interview witnesses and interrogate suspects, prepare formal statements, and arrest persons suspected of committing crimes based on probable cause or by warrant.

Contact Us
For more information, contact Division Supervisor Lt. Mark Little at (662) 393-8652.