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 one Sergeant, five Detectives, and two School Resource Officers.
The Special Victims Section (SVS) conducts criminal and juvenile delinquency investigations, with a focus on sensitivity to victims. Detectives assigned to the section investigate crimes by/or against children, crimes involving child or adult sexual abuse, crimes of abuse and neglect against the elderly, and crimes against individuals with special needs. The section Detectives are also tasked with investigating runaways and/or missing persons.
The SVS Detectives actively investigate Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC), working with the Connecticut ICAC Task Force. ICAC investigations generally involve the possession, manufacture, or distribution of child pornography.
The Special Victims Section also oversees all follow up Domestic Violence investigations, ensuring statutory and policy compliance, as well as victim, follow up and liaison with the court system. The SVS Detectives are tasked with conducting Domestic Violence investigations that are protected and cannot be handled within the normal time frame by the Patrol Division. These cases would include serious physical injury, serial protective/restraining order violations, and cases that require multiple agency intervention. The Section Sergeant provides CT Certified Domestic Violence investigation training to the department, YWCA and the Civilian Police Academy.
Individual detectives conduct liaison with each of Greenwich’s public and private schools. Prevention efforts are conducted on a regular basis in the form of classroom talks and community group discussions in order to educate parents, children, and the community and to lessen their chances of becoming a victim. Educating the public is a major focus of the section. The topics presented include Internet Safety, Bullying, Risky Behaviors, Underage Drinking, Dangers of Vaping and Substance Abuse.
The Special Victims Section coordinates the Greenwich Juvenile Review Board (JRB), which is a restorative justice diversionary program. The JRB diverts juvenile offenders from the Juvenile Court System into a community-based provider network managed by Kids in Crisis (KIC). The network provides counseling, therapy, and community service to the juveniles in an attempt to curb delinquency recidivism and teach accountability. The JRB currently has a high completion rate of over 90%.
Special Teams / Boards
The SVS Supervisor and Detectives participate on a broad range of special teams and boards, including:
- 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, two SROs are 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.
SRO Hayes Podmokly (top) and SRO Fred Reisch (lower)