Special Victims Section
The Special Victims Section (SVS) investigates crimes against the most vulnerable segments of the community. Their cases involve:
- Child abuse
- Child pornography
- Crimes against the elderly
- Crimes against individuals with special needs or dementia
- Crimes by or against children
- Domestic violence
- Human trafficking
- Sexual assault
The SVS consists of a Detective Sergeant, five Detectives, and a School Resource Officer. This Section is specially trained to handle sensitive cases that often involve children, the elderly and other members of our most vulnerable populations. The goal always is to conduct investigations in a manner that protects the personal dignity of the victims.
An important component of SVS work is preventing those at risk from becoming victims. SVS Detectives are familiar faces in Greenwich schools and community organizations such as the YWCA, which partner with the Greenwich Police Department on education and prevention programs. In fact, every SVS Detective is assigned as a liaison to Greenwich public and private schools. They also spend time in the community speaking to organizations and individuals on topics ranging from Internet safety and cyber bullying to stranger dangers and risky behavior, including drug and alcohol abuse, teen dating violence, stalking and sexting.
Special Teams / Boards
The SVS Supervisor and Detectives participate on a broad range of special teams and boards, including:
- Human Trafficking Task Force
- Interagency Team
- Internet Crimes Against Children
- Juvenile Review Board
- Multi-Disciplinary Team at the Child Guidance Center
- Youth Council
School Resource Officer Program
In 2007, the Greenwich Police Department, in partnership with the Board of Education, established the School Resource Officer Program (SRO). Under this program, an experienced, SRO is assigned to the Greenwich High School on an ongoing basis to provide resources and information to faculty, students and parents, and to be a role model for students.