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.

2022 Homicides

As of September 1, 2022: 13 lives have been lost this year.  At this date in 2021, 11 lives were lost.

Name                                       Date                    Location

Brian Wade II                          02/28/22              2200 block Ferndale Ave

Stephen Harris                       03/04/22              2200 block County Dr

Michael Davis                          03/26/22               900 block Diamond St

Male Juvenile                         04/02/22               300 block Crestfall Ct

Tyquan Ridges                       04/12/22               1500 block E. Washington St

Jamar Jones                            04/22/22               1800 block Fort Mahone St

Donte Reid                               04/25/22               2700 block S. Crater Rd

Wayne Tucker                          06/10/22               1600 W. Washington St

Keon Lewis                              06/25/22               1100 block Savage St

Kadesha Williams                    06/30/22               200 Medical Park Blvd

Toni Knight                             07/02/22               100 block Perry St

Charles Person                        08/08/22               500 block Shore St

Laquan Smith                           08/14/22               300 block Mistletoe St


**BOLD indicates case has been cleared**