The primary responsibility of the Traverse City Detective Bureau, in cooperation with our community and coordination with other agencies, is to conduct follow up investigations initiated by the patrol division and ensure a complete investigation is presented to the prosecutor’s office for prosecution of criminal activity within the City of Traverse City.
The Detective Bureau is comprised of a Detective Captain, Detective Sergeant, three Detectives, two School Resource Officers and a narcotics Detective. The Detectives are specialized and receive extensive, in-depth training in dealing with specific types of crime. Detectives are on a rotating on-call schedule and if necessary respond day or night directly to a crime scene to assist the Patrol Division during their initial investigation.
D/Sgt Matt Richmond is responsible for the day to day operation, direct supervision and case assignment of Detectives and School Resource Officers. D/Sgt Richmond identifies trends in criminal activity and suspects by reviewing reports and arrests, generated by the Patrol Division, prepares quarterly reports and conducts administrative investigations as directed.
Detective – Crimes Against Persons
Detective Evan Warsecke has been assigned to the Detective Bureau since 2013. Detective Warsecke is responsible for investigating crimes against persons to include assaults, sexual assault, child abuse and vulnerable adult abuse. Detective Warsecke is a child forensic interviewer and a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) member with the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center which is dedicated to the identification, treatment, awareness and prevention of the sexual and physical abuse of children. www.traversebaycac.org
Detective – Property Crimes
Detective Jill Markoski is responsible for investigating property crimes to include breaking and entering, larceny, malicious destruction of property, retail fraud and auto theft. Detective Markoski is also responsible for all liquor violations and works directly with the Liquor Control Commission in making sure that all liquor applications are in compliance with state law and city ordinances. Detective Markoski also conducts employment background investigations and monitors pawn transactions.
Detective – Financial/Computer Crimes
Detective Matt Verschaeve has been assigned to the Detective Bureau since 2014 and is responsible for investigating financial and computer crimes to include embezzlement, financial exploitation, fraud and credit card fraud. Detective Verschaeve is a certified mobile forensic examiner and is responsible for all forensic examinations on cell phones collected as evidence through the department’s investigations. Detective Verschaeve is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force which is a multi-jurisdictional effort targeting those who exploit children using today’s technology such as computers and the internet. www.icactaskforce.org