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Investigations Division
Captain Brian Braswell

37 E. Tabb St.
Petersburg, VA  23803

Ph: 804-733-8040
Emergency: 911

The Investigations Division is 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 Services, under 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)733-8040 

City of Petersburg - Virginia