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Detective Bureau

Captain Michael Ponzillo

Captain Michael Ponzillo
Commanding Officer


The Criminal Investigation Bureau conducts all follow-up investigations initiated by patrol officers in the field. These investigations include violent crimes such as murders, robberies, aggravated assaults and sexual assaults, but the majority of the cases are burglaries, larcenies, criminal mischiefs, domestic disturbances and missing persons. In addition to conducting criminal investigations, the Detective Bureau also collects and analyzes information on criminal activity occurring within the City and disseminates it to patrol officers in the field. Detectives interview and take statements from victims, witnesses and suspects, prepare and execute search and seizure warrants, prepare arrest warrants, search for wanted suspects, and testify in court.


In addition to their general responsibilities, many of the detectives also have specialized training and assignments. Two detectives are cross-deputized as US Marshals and work as members of the Violent Fugitive Task Force searching for wanted fugitives in Waterbury. A detective is assigned to investigate computer related crimes, such as fraud and child pornography. This detective has received extensive training in conducting forensic examinations of computers, identifying and arresting online predators, and investigating those individuals who possess and promote child pornography. Detectives are also assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit which investigates sex offenses and cases of child abuse and neglect. They also monitor the sex offender registry to ensure compliance. Detectives are also assigned to specifically investigate burglaries and other crimes against property. The primary goal of the Criminal Investigation Bureau is to detect, solve, and suppress crime in the City of Waterbury.