The Criminal Investigation Division is made up of what is normally thought of as "detectives" or "plainclothes" officers. It is divided into many different specialized sections that require specific training and experience, such as the Child Abuse section and the Major Crimes unit.
The officers receive training in their respective fields through the Provincial Police College, the Canadian Police College in Ottawa and various other agencies and groups. The training includes general investigative skills such as proper interview techniques, as well as specific investigative skills, such as fire scene examinations.
The section also encompasses the officers assigned to take photos and look for crime scene evidence such as D.N.A. or fingerprints. These officers are highly trained specialists and will often testify as experts in court. The "Identification Section" works with detectives and uniformed officers to gather evidence and prepare a case.
The drug section in Prince Albert is called the Joint Forces Unit. Several of our members work with members from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in a joint task force specifically dealing with drugs. The shared resources and manpower of our two agencies has created a very successful team.