Support Services Division
The Sunnyside Police Department Support Services Division consists of one Commander, one Corrections Sergeant, eight Corrections Officers, six Communications Officers, one Detective Sergeant, three Detectives, and civilian staff members. As a division, we believe that proactive partnerships with our community and other city entities is vital to the success of the city as a whole.
A message from Commander
The following units are within the Division:
Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU)
- The Sunnyside Police Department's Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU) investigates specific crimes against persons and property. Staff members assigned to the CIU includes one Detective Sergeant, three Detectives, and one civilian Crime Analyst. The primary function of the CIU is to conduct follow-up investigations, interview suspects, victims, and witnesses; analyze information for validity, reliability, and accuracy; and compile a comprehensive and factual case file to be presented in court. One of the detectives is assigned to the Law Enforcement Against Drugs (LEAD) Task Force as a drug investigator.
- The Records Unit serves one of the most important functions in the Department. It has responsibility for entering and processing all crime, traffic, registrant, citation, and property information into computerized databases. It is critical that information loaded into these systems is accurate and complete. Incorrect information entered into these systems can cause delays in prosecution, recovering lost or stolen property, or the release of information. The Records Unit ensures paperwork handled by the Police Department is completed and processed properly before going to the Court and Prosecutor.
Property and Evidence Unit
- Property and Evidence taken from crime scenes comes in many shapes and sizes; as small as a human hair or as large as a full-sized truck, all stored in the SSPD Property and Evidence Room. A critical element for a successful prosecution depends on how the evidence is identified, collected, and preserved. If evidence is not handled properly or is stored improperly, criminals may go free and put our community and its citizens at risk.
- The Sunnyside City Jail currently employs eight Corrections Officers, and one Corrections Sergeant who manage a 97 bed jail facility at the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center. In addition to housing city of Sunnyside inmates, we contract with outside agencies to house their prisoners as well.
- The Sunnyside Police Department Communications Unit is the radio lifeline for Police, Fire and EMS responders. The Unit provides 24 hour emergency and non-emergency dispatch service to the citizens of Sunnyside. Communications Officers are the critical link between citizens in need and first responders. They receive calls through 911 and non-emergency phone lines, triage incidents, and provide reassurance and understanding to citizens during an emergency, while dispatching emergency services. Communications Officer also input and clear all warrants for arrest, missing persons, no contact and protection orders, stolen property, as well as licensing checks for Patrol Officers.
Administrative Support Staff
- The Sunnyside Police Department Administrative Support Staff are valued members of our team. They handle a variety of jobs including answering the phones, greeting the public, solving problems, processing Concealed Pistol Licenses and Pistol Transfers, and planning important events. Support staff members are key to our team's success.