Bureau Of Criminal Identification

Responsibilities
The Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) is responsible for collection, preservation, and documentation of all major crime scenes.

The Detective Division is responsible for follow-up investigation of felony crimes reported to the Bristol Police Department.

Active Organizations & Liaisons
The unit maintains a liaison with the Rhode Island Crime Lab and the Forensic Services Division of the Department of Health.

The unit is active in organizations such as the:
  • Rhode Island Criminalists Associates
  • New England Division of the International Association for Identification
  • International Association for Identification
Process
All felony cases are evaluated for solvability by the Detective Division Supervisor. If a case has a good chance of solvability, the case is assigned to a detective. Case solvability is determined by the existence of investigational leads. These leads must indicate the potential for successful arrest and conviction. Since police resources are limited, it is not effective or practical to devote investigational resources to cases with little chance of a successful resolution.

Common examples of investigational leads include:
  • Suspect is known by a victim
  • Existence of fingerprints
  • Existence of a surveillance photo
  • Other substantial information which my lead to the identification of a suspect
If sufficient investigational leads do not exist, the case will be suspended. If new information develops in the future, a case can be reopened and assigned to a detective.

Risk
Detectives may become involved with the investigation of other incidents, which could pose substantial risk to the lives or property of our citizens. Such cases may include missing persons, sex registrant management, and other suspicious activity that may result in a criminal offense.