The Investigative Services division of the City of Tonawanda Police
Department is actually several smaller units who report to a Captain,
Michael Rogers. These units include the Juvenile Aid, Detective Personnel,
Narcotics Unit, and Records. The reason for these units reporting to the
same supervisor is that all work closely together with a common focus,
investigating crimes. You may wonder why the Records Officer is included
here. The many forms and documents needed to process an arrest and
investigate a case, and very strict Public Information release Laws have
directed us to get these units working hand to hand in eliminating paperwork
redundancy, and good preparation for Trial if necessary.
Youth Services Division
Staffed by Detective Timothy Toth, this unit is increasing responsible for
investigations involving persons under sixteen (16) years of age. The Juvenile Aid Office dealt with over one thousand juveniles
during 1998 and this department is committed to using this Office to
recognize problems and dealing with them effectively.
Detectives follow up on investigations normally started by the Patrol
Division. If a case involves numerous criminal arrests or felony charges, or
any investigation which needs time to develop, the case will be referred to
the Detective Bureau. We have several Patrol Officers who are assigned to
this unit (or any other) as our schedule permits.
The Officer assigned to this unit is Detective Joseph Scarpena. His focus is
on cases involving illegal drugs. Many times additional personnel from other
police departments are assigned to assist him, as he may assist other
departments in a cooperative effort to combine resources between