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, focusing on sensitivity to victims. Detectives assigned to the section investigate crimes by/or against children, crimes involving child or adult sexual abuse, abuse, neglect against the elderly, and crimes against individuals with special needs. The section also investigates runaway and 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 and victim follow-up and liaison with the court system. The SVS Detectives conduct Domestic Violence investigations that are protected and not completed within the expected time frame by the Patrol Division. These cases would include serious physical injury, serial protective/restraining order violations, and issues 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 liaisons with each of Greenwich’s public and private schools. Prevention efforts are conducted regularly in the form of classroom talks and community group discussions to educate parents, children, and the community and lessen their chances of becoming a victim. Educating the public is a significant 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), 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 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 models for students.
SRO Fred Reisch (left) and SRO Chris Wallace (right)