Image of Captain Michael O'Dowd The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Detective Division is under the command of our Support Services, Captain Michael O'Dowd. Two Detective Sergeants supervise the day-to-day operations of the Detective Division, Identification Bureau, and Juvenile Aid Bureau. The Detective Division is supported by 4 civilian staff members. The Detective Division is comprised of the following units:

The Detective Bureau investigates crimes and complaint reports primarily generated by the uniform Patrol Division. These crimes and complaints can range in severity from identity
theft and larceny to homicides and armed robberies.

The additional units are further explained on their own web pages.

Detectives receive training from the state, federal resources, or other law enforcement agencies in such diverse areas as:

  • Forensic interviewing
  • Crime scene processing
  • Polygraph examination
  • Computer forensics
  • Criminal investigation
  • Arson investigation
  • Financial crimes
  • Child abuse investigation

Members of the Detective Division are fully trained and certified to participate in the following specialized units within the department:

The Detective Division is fully computerized, allowing for easy access to data and accurate record keeping. The division is thoroughly equipped for special operations with electronic surveillance equipment, digital photography equipment, and laptop computers for instant access to the department computer system from the field.