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ps3The Westchester County Police Warrant-Fugitive Unit (WFU) locates individuals who are the subject of a Westchester County Criminal Court Warrant. The warrants are issued for individuals facing felony, misdemeanor and other charges.  

In addition, the unit investigates and enforces warrants issued by local Family Courts. WFU detectives are called upon to represent the county in extradition cases:

  • Where the defendant is apprehended in our county and is wanted by another state; or
  • Where the defendant is apprehended in another state and is wanted by Westchester County or any of its municipalities. 

The WFU also assumes transport duties for prisoners, who are under the province of the Westchester County Supreme, County and Family Courts.

The Crime Analysis Unit (CAU) serves as the Westchester County and regional law enforcement intelligence and information hub, connecting more than 100 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in and surrounding Westchester County. 

CAU plays a critical role in:

  • Disseminating information necessary to identify pattern crimes and suspects
  • Issuing the latest bulletins on officer safety and criminal investigation methods and techniques, necessary to enhance law enforcement’s detection and apprehension capabilities. 

CAU holds regular intelligence-sharing meetings to facilitate the exchange of information between the numerous police agencies in and around the county. Moreover, the CAU utilizes a secure list server and Web site to give law enforcement members immediate access to current and historical information and intelligence.  

CAU investigations include:

  • Counter-terrorism
  • Registered sex offenders
  • Computer crime
  • Bank fraud
  • Stolen property
  • Predicate felons and gun-related cases. 

These investigations are often conducted in conjunction with:

  • Local law enforcement
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • The Joint Terrorist Task Force
  • The New York City Police Department
  • The New York State Police
  • The Office of Homeland Security
  • Other law enforcement agencies 

Additionally, CAU is responsible for monitoring reports of bias crimes throughout the county. The unit also tracks convicted sex offenders who reside in the Town of Cortlandt and Westchester County housing facilities to ensure the offenders are in compliance with Megan’s Law.

chin2_originalInvestigators possessing highly specialized, technical and analytical forensic investigative skills are assigned to the Latent Print and Crime Scene Section.

The investigative and technical support services provided by this section include:

 

  • Certified latent fingerprint analysis
  • Classification
  • Comparison

Other types of forensic processing handled by this section are:

  • Crime scene processing
  • Photography
  • Computer-generated composite imaging 

The Forensic Investigations Unit houses the Westchester County Crime Scene Unit and is utilized by the majority of law enforcement agencies throughout Westchester. 

The Latent Print/Crime Scene Section remains the host site for the county’s Statewide Automated Fingerprint Identification System (SAFIS). The system permits fingerprint examiners to electronically match prints recovered at a crime scene against those of arrested persons on file in the state system.

The Westchester County Police Narcotics Unit is a countywide drug enforcement unit that:

  • Aggressively investigates drug activity within the county
  • Provides assistance to local jurisdictions in their battle against drug use and distribution 

The Narcotics Unit utilizes a variety of techniques to accomplish its mission:

  • Eectronic surveillances
  • Telephone pen registers
  • Court-ordered wiretaps
  • Search warrants
  • Undercover operations
  • Vehicle drug interdiction
  • Parcel interdiction
  • Quality of life enforcement (including prostitution stings)
  • Canine-based searches 

The unit works closely with the Westchester County Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (in pursuing federal prosecution of appropriate cases).

The Digital Evidence Section received accrediation in 2007 from the New York State Commission on Forensic Science and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors. This achievement made the Digital Evidence Section the first accredited digital evidence section in New York State and the seventeenth in the United States at that time. The Section achieved re-accreditation in 2013.  

The Digital Evidence Section conducts examinations of:

  • Computers
  • Cellular telephones
  • Electronic storage devices  

These examinations are conducted for local and federal agencies and for a variety of cases, including:

  • Homicide
  • Illegal gambling
  • Narcotics
  • Distribution of child pornography
  • Identity theft.