Special Victims Bureau
1701 NW 87th Ave.
Doral, FL 33172
Major: Christopher Carothers
The Special Victims Bureau (SVB) is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide an immediate response along with swift follow-up criminal investigations to allegations of sexual and domestic crimes, child and elderly abuse, and missing persons.
In addition, the SVB serves as a liaison to community agencies and the criminal justice system by offering assistance and guidance to victims in accordance with the guidelines provided by the State of Florida Attorney General's Office for the fair treatment of victims.
Victim Advocates assigned to the SVB work alongside detectives to offer victims emotional support and crisis intervention. They follow up with victims to ensure that their emergency needs are met and offer referrals for other long term needs such as counseling, shelter, legal assistance, and other miscellaneous needs.
Special Victims Bureau Clearinghouse (SVBCH)
The SVBCH collects intelligence and crime information from participating law enforcement agencies within the South Florida area and enters it into a common database. The SVBCH serves as a centralized repository and resource to participants of the program by providing criminal intelligence and discernable trend information pertaining to sexual crimes.
The SVBCH also conducts data analysis to develop information to aid Bureau detectives and other law enforcement agencies in their investigations. It provides information to the districts to assist in meeting their tactical crime control and prevention objectives.
Special Victims Bureau's Investigations Section supervises three units:
The Sexual Crimes Investigations Unit investigates all sexual batteries, attempted sexual batteries, and lewd and lascivious offenses. It provides centralized sexual crimes investigative services including sexual battery on persons, and lewd and lascivious assaults, in accordance with Florida Statutes (FS) 794 and 800.
The following squads are also assigned to the Sexual Crimes Investigations Unit:
- Cold Case Squad: Reviews cold case files (criminal investigations in which all viable leads have been exhausted) and supportive investigative documents to determine if there is evidence with viable DNA that can be submitted for analysis. The Unit also investigates those cases where a suspect has been identified via DNA analysis.
- Department of Children and Families Squad: Conducts criminal investigations, including sexual battery and lewd and lascivious reports, in which both the victim and the subject are 11 years of age or younger.
- Internet Crimes Against Children Squad: Investigates internet child pornography, computer child pornography, transmission of pornography by electronic devices or equipment, soliciting a child for a sex crime, and exposing minors to harmful motion pictures.
The Domestic Crimes Investigations Unit investigates all departmental activities related to domestic crimes and is composed of the following squads:
- Domestic Crimes Investigations Squad: Conducts investigations for all types of domestic violence incidents including stalking situations.
- Missing Persons Squad: Investigates cases involving missing persons, abductions, and runaways.
The Vulnerable Victims Unit coordinates all departmental activities related to child abuse and neglect cases involving care givers. The Unit also investigates all cases of abuse and neglect of the elderly. In addition, the Unit reviews daily intake reports from the Department of Children and Families Squad and responds to incidents meeting the criteria for an investigation.
Operation and Analysis Section
Special Victims Bureau's Operation and Analysis Section supervises two units:
The Sexual Predator and Offender Unit gathers, analyzes, disseminates and maintains investigative information on all sexual predators and sexual offenders who reside within unincorporated Miami-Dade County. The Unit monitors the activities and addresses of these sexual predators and offenders to ensure compliance with Chapter 775, FS, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) guidelines.
Additionally, the Unit processes sexual predators and offenders for registration and re-registration in accordance with the Jessica Lunsford Act and the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act while taking enforcement actions when necessary to ensure compliance.
The Unit ensures compliance with Section 775.21, FS, which requires the Department to make community notifications within 48 hours whenever a sexual predator moves to a temporary or permanent residence within a one-mile radius of any public or private school or day care facility within unincorporated Miami-Dade.
The SPO Unit also maintains several community notification programs that extend beyond statutory requirements; including the REVERSE 911 Interactive Community Notification System, publication of a circular in various local newspapers and a bulletin on the Miami-Dade Television (MDTV) channel informing the public of absconded and wanted sexual predators, community presentations, and the Miami-Dade Police website.
In addition, the SPO Unit handles calls received from landlords that need to verify if the nature of a particular sexual offender's crime permits them to live within 2,500 feet of a school in Miami-Dade. The Unit then provides the results directly to landlords and/or agents representing the rental property.
The Operation and Analysis Unit collects intelligence and crime information from participating law enforcement agencies via the Special Victims Bureau Clearinghouse and enters it into a common database to aid detectives in their investigations. The clearinghouse also provides analytical and statistical reports used for the tracking of sex offenses. In addition, the Unit is responsible for maintaining all of the Bureau's official records.