The Detective Bureau is the largest unit within the Detective Division and is responsible for the investigation of crimes committed in the City of Pawtucket. The Bureau is divided into geographical districts, East and West, with cases being assigned according to the location of the offense in the City. Each district is supervised by a Detective Supervisor. A Detective Captain oversees the daily operations of the Detective Bureau.
Additionally, there is one detective assigned to investigate financial crimes, such as bad checks, credit card fraud, embezzlement, obtaining under false pretenses, etc. Another detective is assigned property crimes. The property crime detective is assigned to investigate various larceny offenses, selling and receiving stolen goods and the monitoring of pawn shop activity.
The Financial Crimes Unit currently consists of one detective who investigates all crimes related to financial gain through fraud. These crimes include credit card fraud, embezzlement, Counterfeiting, bank fraud, internet, check and mail scams, fraudulent checks, and identity theft.
Financial Crimes are currently assigned to Det. Edward Berube who can be contacted at (401) 727-9100 Ext. 761.
If you believe you are a victim of identity theft you will need to take certain steps to alert the proper authorities:
If you believe you have been a victim of any other financial crime and the incident occurred within the City of Pawtucket you must FIRST file a police report with the patrol division prior to the FCU investigating. Please call the non-emergency telephone number @ 401-727-9100 to report the incident. If the crime happened outside the City of Pawtucket you must file a complaint where the incident took place. An example would be your credit card information being stolen (not your credit card) and purchases being made in Providence. You must file a complaint with the Providence Police Department. A second example would be your identity has been used to obtain a credit card in California. You may file a complaint with the Pawtucket Police, however, you must also file a complaint with California authorities.
The Pawtucket police department's property crimes unit was formed in October 2006 and is a subdivision of the Detective Bureau. The property crimes unit was formed in order to assist the Detective Bureau in the tracking and recovery of stolen goods. Detectives assigned to this unit act as a liaison with pawn shops, second hand dealers and scrap yards that do business in the City of Pawtucket. In addition, they have solidified the Bureau's professional contacts with like assigned detectives in several other municipalities throughout Rhode Island and Southeaster Massachusetts. This unit has continued and expanded the Bureau's network with precious metal vendors, private security companies, etc. A major resource utilized by the PCU in the tracking of sold or pawned goods is the PRECIOUS METAL database managed by the R.I. Attorney General's Office.
Although individual crime reports are often assigned to other detectives, the PCU detective is often utilized as a conduit in tracking items or in intelligence gathering that is often necessary to solve individual crimes. The PCU has also routinely participated in multi-jurisdictional investigations that has led to the arrest of individuals that in the past went under the radar of detection.