Special Victims Unit
The Special Victims Unit or SVU is staffed by seven detectives and one Detective Sergeant. These detectives work primarily during the day shift, but often work evenings and weekends based on the needs of their investigations. The mission of the Special Victims Unit is to respond to, and investigate crimes against children. SVU detectives advocate for victims and offer supportive resources to them and their families as they work to hold offenders accountable for their actions. Specific crimes investigated by the SVU include:
- Death investigations involving a child
- Child abuse or neglect cases
- Child sexual abuse cases
- Internet crimes against children (ICAC)
- Human Trafficking
- Cases determined by the Chief to require SVU expertise and resources
The SVU works extensively with partner agencies and favors a multi-disciplinary approach in accomplishing their mission. This is evidenced through their work with the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center and their participation as an affiliate in the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force.
If you believe you are the victim of a trafficking situation or have information about a potential trafficking situation, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year. Report a tip or request services using the following means:
- Toll-free: 888-373-7888
- Text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733)
- Report a tip online
Additionally, local trafficking situations or information can also be shared by contacting SVU's Human Trafficking Detective by email or by leaving a voicemail on MPD's Human Trafficking Tip Line at 608-261-9991.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.
The SVU offers presentations to the community, upon request, on cyber-safety. For more information on this, please contact Detective Sergeant Glenn Davis. Below are some links that you may find helpful: