Captain Lynne Benck is the Commander of the Investigations Bureau, which includes Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Forensic Crime Unit (FCU), and the Special Investigations Division (SID) which focuses on narcotics violations. Within CID, there are a number of specialty units, including the Victim Advocate Unit.
Captain Benck began her law enforcement career at the Gainesville Police Department in 1987. She has spent the majority of her career in Operations and Criminal Investigations. She also served as the Personnel Commander for three years while at the rank of Lieutenant.
Captain Benck is a 1987 graduate of the University of Florida. More recently, she attended the prestigious DEA- sponsored Drug Unit Commander Academy in Quantico, Virginia as well as the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women. In addition to her official duties, Captain Benck serves as a Steering Committee Member for the Florida Department of Health’s statewide initiative to prevent sexual violence, she serves on the Board of Advisors for the House of Hope for Women, and serves on the CORE Group for the Child Advocacy Center Multi-disciplinary Team. Captain Benck led the charge to get the current City Ordinance passed that places restrictions on where registered sex offenders can live in Gainesville. Captain Benck served as the co-host of "Police Beat", GPD's national award-winning television show.
CID is comprised of four squads that share the assignment of all felony cases and some misdemeanor cases. Follow-up investigations are conducted in cases that require further or more specialized investigations that the Operations Bureau allows for. Follow-up investigations of crimes are primarily conducted on cases such as murder, robbery, sexual battery, child abuse, burglary, forgery, larceny, and arson.
FCU is responsible for the processing, collecting, and processing of all forensic evidence.
In 2008 the Gainesville Police Department’s SID entered into an agreement with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, the University of Florida Police Department, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to form a Combined Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit. This multi-jurisdictional narcotics unit is known as the Gainesville-Alachua County Drug Task Force and has become a successful addition to the Investigations Bureau.
The Victim Advocates assigned to the Investigations Bureau provide assistance and support to citizens victimized by crime. Our Crime Victim Advocacy Program assists with obtaining compensation for victims of crime as well as professional counseling and referral services, and accompanies them as their case progresses through the entire judicial process.
Captain Benck is also in charge of the Internal Affairs Division (IA).
Captain Lynne Benck
Phone: (352) 393-7606