B of I Changes

While the 1970's brought about changes in the nature and scope of the Bureau of Identification and Crime Lab, the Detective Bureau similarly experienced transformation. In 1975, with the promotion of Captain Gil Thurman to the rank of "major," the "Investigative Bureau" expanded. The new "Investigations Division" split into two distinct bureaus ... the Violent Crimes Bureau (e.g. Homicide, Rape, Robbery) and the Property Crimes Bureau (e.g. Commercial B&E, Burglary, Auto Theft, etc.).

Investigations Division would (for a period of time) include a third Technical Support Bureau comprised of B of I and evidence crews as well as the polygraph operator, et al. The "captain" position was abolished with Capt. Harry Henry's retirement in December 1983. Commanders at the lieutenant's rank headed the investigation bureaus. There was also a changing nature to detective practices with the advance of computerized technology. Reports were called in to "Project Telephone" stenographers.

The City Jail closed and was turned over to the Montgomery County Sheriff. Morning show-up of prisoners standing behind the stage's gray aluminum screen [upper left] gave way to morning computer-monitor reviews of recent jail arrests, mug shots, and arrest data [upper right]. Still the detective business of engaging in fugitive manhunts, such as Alton Coleman [lower left], and searching for clues at the most horrific crime scenes is the perpetual duty of law enforcement; crimes such as...

...the 1975 Midnight Slayer serial shootings; 1985 Moreland mass slaughter; 1992 "Christmas killings" spree; 2001 Satanic triple homicide; 2005 "microwaved baby" murder; and other Dayton murders receiving nationwide notoriety or simply chilling the local community.

 


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