The Investigation Division, commanded by Captain Michael Radke, is composed of seven detectives, two evidence technicians, and the crime analyst. Detectives are trained in crime scene processing, fingerprinting, electronic surveillance, interviews and interrogations, photography, narcotics identification and testing, search warrants, and various other technical skills related to criminal investigations.
The detectives are supervised by Detective Sergeant Jason Chase, and are responsible for investigating felony crimes including homicides, kidnapping, robbery, sex offenses, forgery, burglaries, auto thefts, etc. Detectives are further responsible for the investigation of the sale of illegal drugs, criminal street gangs, as well as intelligence gathering and dissemination. Detectives are assigned to the Garden City/Finney County Drug Task Force, and one detective is assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) position. Detectives perform other collateral duties, such as Task Force Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), as well as forensic electronic examinations of computer devices.
Evidence Technician Andrea Mayes and Evidence Technician Doug Heit are responsible for responding to major crime scenes to gather evidence to alleviate detectives and officers from this task so they may focus on the criminal investigation. Evidence technicians are also responsible for storage and maintaining of chain of custody of all evidence gathered, as well as found property functions. Crime Analyst Tami Sauseda procures department statistical data and intelligence to help support department operations.
Garden City/Finney County Gang Intelligence Unit
The Gang Intelligence Unit is comprised of officers from the Garden City Police Department, Finney County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol The Unit has adopted the Team Approach Regarding Gang Enforcement Techniques (TARGET) which is a philosophy used to focus on suppressing gang activity. The Unit further takes a intelligence lead policing philosophy to better combat gang, vice and illegal narcotic activity.