Criminal Investigations Division
BSO's Criminal Investigations Division is the agency's central detective bureau for major crimes. Homicides, robberies, sexual offenses and other violent crimes against persons are investigated by detectives assigned to one of three primary sections:
Violent Crimes Section: includes the Violent Crimes Unit, Homicide Unit and Missing Persons Unit. These units investigate the most serious crimes that threaten society; aggravated assault, aggravated battery, stalking, kidnapping, attempted murder, homicide, arsons with injury/death, as well as the investigation of missing/vulnerable persons and our most dated and challenging cold cases.
Major Crimes Section: includes the Special Victims Unit, Robbery Unit, Economic Crimes Unit, and the Fugitive Squad. These units investigate an array of serious offenses that present a threat to the most vulnerable of society: abuse of children, the elderly/disabled, and animals, sexual crimes, domestic/dating violence, armed robbery, fraud/identity theft, unscrupulous contractors and the apprehension of society’s most wanted fugitives.
Administrative Support Section: includes the Case Filing Unit, Polygraph Unit, Victim Advocate Unit, Crime Scene Unit, Crime Lab, Worker's Compensation Fraud Task Force, Auto Theft Task Force and Career Criminal Unit. This section tracks and monitors sexual predators/offenders, and provides robust analytical and administrative support critical to the success of the Major and Violent Crimes Sections while utilizing the latest in computer and internet technologies.
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- Aviation Unit
- Bicycle Patrol
- Bomb Squad
- Canine Unit
- Child Protective Investigations Section
- Contractor Licensing and Fraud Unit
- Crime Scene
- Crime Lab
- Crime Stoppers Unit
- Dive Team
- DUI Unit
- Economic Crime Unit
- Evidence Unit
- Marine Unit
- Metro Broward Drug Task Force
- Motorcycle Unit
- Mounted Unit / Sheriff's Mounted Posse
- SWAT Team
- Victim Services Unit
Captain Rafael Perez
Criminal Investigations Division
Captain Rafael Perez was promoted to Captain of the Criminal Investigations Division in January 2013.
Captain Perez began his Law Enforcement career with the City of Sunrise Police Department in 1983, serving as a patrolman, Vice/Intelligence/Narcotics detective, and a detective assigned to the Metropolitan Intelligence Unit. In 1989, Captain Perez joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office serving as a Road Patrol Deputy and a Detective in the Organized Crime Division. In 1997, he was promoted to Sergeant and served as a Road Patrol Sergeant for the City of Oakland Park and the Central Broward District, as well as being assigned to the Selective Enforcement Team in the Central Broward District.
He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2001 and was assigned as a Road Patrol Lieutenant, as well as an Executive Lieutenant in the Cities of Tamarac and Pompano Beach. He also served as Lieutenant in the Strategic Investigations Division and most recently in the Criminal Investigations Division.
Captain Perez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Barry University, a Master’s Degree in Justice Policy and Management from Florida Atlantic University with a Certificate in Restorative Community Justice. He is also a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute Command Officer Development Course.