Award pin given to Officers who are Investigators
Investigators at the Menasha Police Department attend multiple specialized trainings to aid in their caseloads. Investigators typically handle more complex cases that require more resources or man-power than patrol can provide. Crimes include theft complaints, fraud complaints, burglaries, robberies, sexual assaults, and crimes against life. There are an array of resources available to Investigators including a Crime Scene Unit (ambulance converted for police use), high quality cameras, and other covert observation tools to complete their case load.
The Menasha Police Department currently has two Investigator positions. Officers assigned to Investigations typically have multiple years of service (minimum of three) and have experience as an Evidence Technician or Sensitive Crimes officer. The unit is headed by the Lieutenant of Investigations. Other areas that fall under the title of Investigator and are supervised by the Lieutenant of Investigations include School Resource Officers (SRO's) and the Investigator assigned to the Lake Winnebago Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG Unit). To read more on those positions, please use the links below.
The Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG Unit) is a collection of investigators from local Law Enforcement agencies within Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac, and Calumet Counties that is dedicated to helping maintain a drug free environment in which citizens can thrive.
The MEG Unit is primarily concerned with enforcement of Chapter 961 of the Wisconsin State Statutes. Due to the size of MEG Unit's jurisdiction and the limited resources available, emphasis is placed on investigations concerned with drug traffickers and drug trafficking organizations that import drugs into the area or produce them here.
There is a Board of Directors for the MEG Unit that consists of a representative from each of the 20 participating agencies. Each member has voting authority concerning any decisions affecting the Unit. The Unit is funded through a combination of Federal grants, asset forfeiture, restitution, and County contributions.
The City of Menasha Police Department has one investigator assigned to the MEG Unit.
If you have any information regarding drug activity, do not hesitate to contact the unit.
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Award pin given to Officers who are Evidence Technicians
The Menasha Police Department, in addition to our two investigators, maintains a list of Evidence Technicians that are trained above basic evidence processing to assist with major crime scenes. Officers who are selected to be Evidence Technicians attend an advanced evidence processing class that is typically a week long. It involves learning how to use a camera's multiple functions and abilities to properly document a crime scene including macro lens photos that can detail the smallest imprints of shoe prints or even fingerprints. The class also teaches officers about various forensic topics to help determine what occurred at a scene.
If selected to be an Evidence Technician, officers are kept on a list that rotates to be called in to process scenes. They help relieve the burden on Investigators and are a valuable resource to the Department. This specialty is often associated with officers who are interested in becoming an investigator and helps those officers gain valuable investigative and forensic experience for if/when they become an investigator.
Award pin given to Sensitive Crime Officers
School Resource Officers typically are cross trained as Sensitive Crime Officers due to their constant involvement with kids. There are also multiple patrol officers also trained in sensitive crimes which aides the Investigators in handling these types of cases for when they are not working. Sensitive Crime Officers will being a case and gather initial facts and evidence before the case is forwarded to the appropriate investigator.