Lieutenant Michael Schentrup is the Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division.
The Division is responsible for, but not limited to, the following types of investigations; homicide, robbery, sex offenses, child abuse, aggravated assault/battery, burglary, grand theft, fraud, forgery, vehicle thefts, internet crimes against children, domestic violence, missing persons, burglaries, grand theft, fraud, forgery, embezzlement, arson, computer crimes and credit card crimes.
In addition, we monitor and inspect secondhand dealers and pawn shops to make sure that these establishments are complying with state and municipal laws governing their operations. We conduct regular checks on sexual offenders/predators to make sure that they are in compliance with state and local requirements. We conduct regular checks on juveniles that are on probation, curfew, or home detention sanctions. We are also very proud of our follow-up assistance that we provide to victims of both personal and property crimes by our Detectives and victim advocates. The Gainesville Police Department is also the host agency for the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. We are one of sixty-one (61) task forces nationwide sponsored by the Department of Justice and serve/assist 37 other counties in North Florida.
As criminal activity continues to metastasize, it is paramount that the Detective Division of the Gainesville Police Department continues to grow and adapt to these changes through training and education. Although the Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for the broad range of investigations, we emphasize professionalism, adaptability, and responsiveness to our community’s needs.
Lt. Michael Schentrup