The Detectives Division supports the Patrol Division by conducting investigations of reported criminal activity in the City of Rifle. An investigation may include conducting interviews with victims, witnesses, and suspects, analyzing information for validity, reliability, and accuracy; and compiling a factual and comprehensive case to be presented in court. Detectives may also respond to and process major crime scenes to ensure that the highest level of investigation and evidence collection methods are achieved.
The Detectives Division is augmented with personnel assigned to the multi-agency Special Problems Enforcement & Response Team (SPEAR). TRIDENT and TAG combined to form SPEAR in late 2022. This special unit is comprised of sworn law enforcement officers from Rifle PD, Garfield County Sheriff's Office, and Glenwood Springs Police Department and will be stationed within Rifle city limits in early 2023.
SPEAR focuses on drug and vice-type offenses. "Crimes against Persons" such as homicide, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, suspicious death, and other felony assaults. The Unit also handles other responsibilities including monitoring and suppressing gang activity, drug interdiction, fugitive apprehension, and conducting human trafficking investigations