Criminal Investigations Division

The Investigations Division is Commanded by Captain Christopher Buffkin and divided into the Major Crimes Unit, the Special Investigations Unit, the Forensics Unit, Document Services, and Asset Forfeiture Services. 

  • The Major Crimes Unit (MCU) is responsible for the investigation of all serious crimes, including homicide, robbery, aggravated assault, assault, abduction, rape and sex offenses, burglary, economic and fraud crimes, and other crimes that require in-depth or follow-up investigations.
  • The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is tasked with narcotics and vice enforcement, as well as other strategic and tactical investigations as directed by the Chief of Police.
  • The Forensics Unit is responsible for crime scene processing, evidence collection, property storage and accountability.
  • Document Services is responsible for warrant service and prisoner extraditions.
  • Asset Forfeiture Servicesunder the VA Code 19.2-386.22, gives the police department the authority to seize certain property that has been used in the commission of certain felonies, including narcotics. The property may then be forfeited after the court hearings.

Investigators from the Major Crimes unit continually provide information to the victim's family throughout the course of the case. If you have difficulty reaching a detective or are not sure which detective you need to speak with, please call Major Crimes at (804) 203-4466.

2021 Homicides

As of September 13, 2021: 12 lives have been lost this year.  At this date in 2020, 16 lives were lost.

Name                                           Date                         Location

Kimberly McQueen                  01/18/2021              200 block Henry St.

Erica Eldridge                           03/19/2021              500 block S. South St.

Juvenile Victim                         03/26/2021              1400 block Talley Ave.

Ravon Mays                               05/06/2021              20 block S. Crater Rd.

Austin Evans                              05/22/2021              500 block University Blvd

Willie Noise                               06/06/2021              500 block University Blvd

Dazmon Gary                             06/08/2021             2200 block W. Washington St

Tamehyah Cardwell                    07/01/2021              700 block Blick St

Anthony Butcher                      07/17/2021              500 block S. Adams St

Avery Taylor                                08/01/2021              700 block Commerce St

Corey Seward                             08/03/2021             500 block Mingea St

John Doe                                     09/11/2021             Grigg St @ Church St


**BOLD indicates case has been cleared**