Greenwich Police Officer Jeremy Bussell investigated two separate burglaries within a weeks’ time last month.
Officer Bussell realized that the two October burglaries were linked. Rather than release the investigation to the Detectives, he conducted all phases of this investigation. Officer Bussell’s thorough investigation led to the identification of an unknown suspect with an extensive criminal past and the solving of two local burglaries.
When it comes to Patrol Officers investigating crimes, the Greenwich Police Department has a different perspective than many other departments of our size. Agencies often send Patrol Officers to settle a situation and leave all follow up investigations to a Detective. In Greenwich, we expect our Patrol Officers to follow up all investigations to their most logical conclusion before turning an investigation over to the Detectives. In many instances, the Patrol Officer may work a case starting from the initial response, to an application for an arrest warrant, to the apprehension of the suspect. This practice often leaves our Detectives with only the most complex, difficult, and time consuming criminal cases to investigate. We can utilize this organizational format for the distribution of police work due to our officer’s superior training and ability. In this instance Jeremy’s performance matched our high expectations and demonstrated exceptional initiative and investigative aptitude.
I commend Officer Bussell for his professionalism and dedication to duty.” – James Heavey, Chief of Police