The Investigative Unit’s overall responsibility is to protect and preserve the integrity of the department. The Investigative Unit’s mission is preventing, detecting and exposing criminal activity, gang related activity, corruption, serious misconduct, sexual misconduct and mismanagement in relation to DJJ operations.

The Investigative Unit is responsible for assigning or conducting administrative and criminal investigations regarding incidents that are reported or referred to the Investigative Unit. When required by law, or as otherwise appropriate to the circumstances, the Unit consults with the Virginia State Police (VSP), local law enforcement, respective Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Offices and/or the Office of the State Inspector General (OSIG) for guidance and resources. We also cooperate with local, state and federal agencies that are investigating criminal law violations and allegations of employee misconduct. The Unit’s responsibilities include:

  • Handling investigations regarding allegations against staff to include administrative, procedure, and criminal law violations
  • Assessing the juvenile correctional center populations and advising security staff of potential gang issues
  • Serving as community liaison between JCCs and Court Service Units
  • Investigating resident-on-resident assaults and disturbances to determine if they are gang-related