Criminal Investigations

Detective Unit Patch.jpgThe Criminal Investigations Division of the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney consists of five full time detectives, including the Chief County Detective.

County Detectives are sworn police officers with Pennsylvania Act 120 certification, and are empowered to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth throughout Monroe County. 

Detectives are each assigned a specific type of crime to investigate, however, they are often called upon to investigate criminal activity outside of their particular specialty.  County Detectives initiate their own criminal investigations and make their own arrests similar to any other police department.

In 2013, the Detective Unit of the Office of the District Attorney made 145 arrests, the vast majority of which were serious felony offenses ranging from the sale of illicit drugs to high value fraud cases to violent sexual predators and everything in between.

In addition, County Detectives assist local police departments and the State Police on a regular basis, as well as lend prosecutorial support to the Assistant District Attorneys as needed.

The Detective Unit coordinates and supervises the Monroe County Drug Task Force, the Monroe County Gang Task Force, and the Monroe County DUI Task Force.  County Detectives are all active participants in each Task Force.

In addition to each Detective's specialty, County Detectives are also tasked with the investigation of any crime committed on County property, including the Monroe County Courthouse and the Monroe County Correctional Facility.

2013 statistics for the Detective Unit are available on the statistics page.

 

Major Crime

The Major Crimes investigator of the Detective Unit investigates offenses such as homicide, arson, and robbery, among others.

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Financial Crime

The Financial Crime investigator is charged with the duties of investigating selected acts of forgery, fraud, embezzlement, theft, and other white collar crime.

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Political Corruption

County Detectives from the Office of the District Attorney are tasked with the investigation political corruption in County and local government.

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Sex Crimes

Sexual assaults and other sex crimes committed in Monroe County fall under the purview of the Sex Crimes investigator.

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Crime Against the Family

The Family Crime investigator of the Office of the District Attorney investigates domestic violence, child abuse, and elder care crimes.

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Internet and Computer Crime

The Internet and Computer Crime investigator of the Office of the District Attorney is responsible for the investigation of crime committed online, with a focus on Internet Crimes Against Children. 

As an affiliated agency of the Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, detectives from the Office of the District Attorney proactively investigate the online trading of child pornography, child luring, and online child sexual exploitation.

In addition, the Internet and Computer Crime detective lends investigative assistance to local police departments in investigating any computer-related crime.

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Public Housing and Section 8 Fraud

The Office of the District Attorney, through a cooperative agreement with the Housing Authority of Monroe County, investigates reports of Public Housing and Section 8 fraud. 

The Housing Fraud investigator works closely with the United States Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General in investigating and prosecuting instances of theft and other fraud concerning the unlawful receipt of Public Housing or Section 8 benefits.

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Narcotics Unit

The Narcotics Unit of the Office of the District Attorney conducts investigations into the unlawful possession and sale of drugs in Monroe County.  The lead narcotics detective, along with the Chief County Detective, coordinate and supervise the Monroe County Drug Task Force.

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Monroe County Drug Task Force

The Monroe County Drug Task Force is a collaborative effort between Detectives from the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney, police officers from the Barrett Township Police Department, the Pocono Township Police Department, the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department, the Stroud Area Regional Police Department, the East Stroudsburg University Police Department, and the East Stroudsburg Area School District Police Department, as well as Deputies from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and Probation Officers from the Monroe County Office of Probation.

The mission of the Monroe County Drug Task Force is to combat the possession and sale of illegal drugs through a combined effort of all member agencies.

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Monroe County Gang Task Force

The Monroe County Gang Task Force is managed by the Office of the District Attorney, and includes County Detectives, as well as members from local police departments, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, the Monroe County Office of Probation, Corrections Officers from the Monroe County Correctional Facility, Victim / Witness Advocates from the Office of the District Attorney, and caseworkers from Monroe County Children and Youth Services.

The Gang Task Force's mission is to prevent the proliferation of gangs in Monroe County through education, prevention, and enforcement, and to target gang-related crime.

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