“Its takes a very special person to be an investigator,” commented Assistant Police Chief Ronald Scott during a recent interview with The Helena World. Scott announced that the Helena-West Helena Criminal Investigations Division now has an administration.
Scott was asked to be a part of the CID's administration in order to build a better relationship with the prosecutor and the courts. Scott and CID Case coordinator/ CID Administration Assistant Cynthia Gamble handle a lot of the paperwork, making sure to keep up with the timeline of each case and following the statues to ensure that the cases are handled in a timely manner.
“CID was bogged down and it was easier to lose you timeline on one case when you had more coming in,” explained Scott.
Gamble, who has been with the H-WHPD since Sept. 29, 2011, moved up to the CID Department in January of last year. Gamble stated as CID case coordinator, she is required to coordinate the case processing.
“I am responsible for making sure the cases are equipped with everything that is needed in order to help the prosecutor make a case against the defendant,” explained Gamble.
Gamble also makes sure that once CID has made an arrest charging someone with a felony to make sure they appear before a judge within 48 to 72 hours.
“It is important to keep an open line of communication with the judges and prosecutor,” said Gamble.
Gamble added that her job doesn't stop with case coordination but she also participates in search warrants, interviews, arrests and transports.
“It's a team effort and wherever I am needed there I am,” she stated.
Gamble began working at the police dept as a dispatcher but soon found herself looking at the job the officers had to do and wanting to help.
“While working in dispatch, I received many types of calls and I wanted to do more, but couldn't. I sort of became the counselor to the voice on the other end of the line,” commented Gamble.
Having a heart that wanted to do more for her community, Gamble was introduced to the idea of working within the CID where she received training at Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in Camden and graduated on March 29 of this year.
“I find it rewarding that I am able to help someone that is in need of help and cannot help themselves,” she said.
The purpose of the CID is to investigate all the felony crimes that occur in Helena-West Helena. Each division breaks down by their own function. Patrol is normally the first officers on the scene because they receive calls from dispatch. On arrival, they determine whether or not it's a felony or a misdemeanor. Once its designated as a felony then CID responds and begins investigating.
Page 2 of 2 - “We have 5 investigators doing everything from homicides to sexual assaults, and identity theft,” reported Scott.
Scott explained that CID Capt. Carl Vann was bogged down with cases, investigations and paperwork and it was proving to be inefficient as far as getting everything addressed within the time line.
“This has proven to be a more balanced effort and I credit Chief (Uless) Wallace on making this administration thing happen in CID,” said Scott.
“I am thoroughly impressed with the team we have in our CID unit,” Scott continued. “We have got a good group of investigators and Capt. Vann is a very well developed investigator. He's like a bloodhound when it comes to these types of cases and we can already see the big difference that this administration has made. It has allowed Vann to assist more in the investigation part without being bogged down with all the paper work that follows.”
Scott added that the police department continues to build the infrastructure within the department including the Relatively Public Safety system, which allows the PD to become more efficient by breaking everything down to routine traffic stops, tickets and citations to going to court. It will also provide the PD with updated booking, mug shots and photo lineups, a sex offender registry and will allow management from the dashboard of a police vehicle.
It also will cover civil processing, payments and collections and case management, which will continue to track a case as it is processed. The software produced by Relativity Inc. is the total police management solution detailing a more organized and diverse form of updated software that will not only allow reports to be stored as well as updated with each individual, but it has given the technology boost the department needs.
Currently, the H–WHPD is still developing timelines for each division so that the department will be set up as a whole unit, complete with updated logging information and reports.
“It's a must that we keep up with our training and recognize the latest technologies and things like that as well. With the implemented administration, we can continue to look forward and see what it is out there that will help make our department more efficient,” concluded Scott.
Currently CID and SCU have made 67 felony cases.