The Major Crimes Investigations Division is comprised of five sub-units: Homicide, Robbery, Criminal Intelligence, Forensics Services, Special Victims, and Property and Evidence. Each unit is supervised by a sergeant.
The primary mission of this section is to investigate complex criminal cases that have taken place in the City of Newport News. The individual units investigate specific types of crimes, as suggested by the unit titles.
The Homicide Unit investigates murders, suspicious deaths, shootings, officer-involved shootings, sexual assaults, suicides, and missing persons of suspicious nature.
The Robbery Unit investigates robberies from individuals and businesses.
The Forensic Services Unit is responsible for processing a crime scene, which includes collecting, photographing, and submitting evidence to the lab for processing.
The Special Victims Unit is responsible for the investigation of all murders, suicides and suspicious deaths of persons under the age of 14; serious injuries to juveniles (i.e. assaults which require medical attention), rapes, sexual assaults, missing persons, and runaway juveniles.
Property and Evidence is responsible for the categorization and storage of evidence.