Detective Division

The Detective Division is the investigative Division of the Norton Police Department.

Detectives work in conjunction with federal, military, state and other local law enforcement agencies to solve crimes. Norton Police Detectives are members of the Northern Bristol County Drug Task Force.

The mission of the detective division is to conduct and control all Norton Police investigations of serious (felony-level) crimes and less serious crimes as needed and conduct sensitive or special interest investigations as directed by the Chief of Police.

Detectives maximize the use of all available forensic resources and traditional investigative techniques to solve crimes, locate suspects, fugitives, missing persons and to recover stolen property. Detectives are also responsible for court prosecution.
Some of the functions that detectives perform are listed below:

  • Investigate crimes - felonies and serious misdemeanors
  • Initiate proactive investigations (drug enterprises, gaming, etc.)
  • Collect, analyze and disseminate intelligence
  • Maintain liaison with other local, state and Federal investigative agencies/units
  • Maintain liaison with District Attorney, Attorney General, and United States Attorney's Offices
  • Court Prosecution at Attleboro District Court
  • Conduct pre-employment background investigations
  • Conduct missing persons investigations
  • Conduct internal affairs investigations
  • Crime scene processing
  • Maintain drug and physical evidence
  • Dignitary protection
  • Conduct other investigations as requested by the Chief of Police

Detectives receive on-going and extensive specialized training to conduct these investigations from sources such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council, and many others.

Detective Lt. Thomas Petersen commands the detective division and may be contacted at 508-285-3309 or send email