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Investigative Services Division

Special Victims Unit

The Special Victims Unit (SVU) was developed in 2000 and is responsible for the investigation of all crimes involving elder abuse, domestic violence, sex crimes, crimes against children and the sexual offender registration program. The Identification Unit is also assigned to the Special Victims Unit.

SVU is comprised of one Sergeant, five Detectives, three ID Technicians and one Police Clerk.

Our team is very active in working to prevent elder abuse, child abuse, human trafficking and domestic violence. Detectives are involved in committees such as the Stanislaus Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance in an effort to keep these issues at the forefront in our community. SVU has one detective assigned as the full-time domestic violence investigator. He works diligently to investigate and prosecute domestic violence cases. In 2013 the Modesto Police Department handled 877 calls of domestic violence. The domestic violence detective works closely with the Stanislaus County Family Justice Center (FJC). The Family Justice Center was established in 2010 and brought many of the resources needed by victims of domestic violence and child abuse under one roof. Housed at FJC are agents from the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office, local law enforcement agencies, Child Protective Services, the Stanislaus Haven Women's Center, local counselors and mental health clinicians. 

A Detective and a Police Assistant coordinate the sexual offender registration program. There are over 972 sexual offenders who are required to register in Stanislaus County. Over 602 of these individuals live in the city limits of Modesto. The Modesto Police Department strives to keep the compliance rate of these offenders as high as possible. Any further information needed on sexual offenders can be found on the Megan's Law website. To contact the Special Victims unit, call (209) 572-9551.