The Detective Division Commander is Deputy Chief Carmichael, however the unit is managed and supervised by Detective Sergeant James O'Connell. The Detective Division follows-up on all major crimes, domestic violence, sexual crimes, narcotics, white collar crimes, and computer related crimes. The division also conducts background investigations for potential Town employees. The unit consists of a number of highly trained and motivated officers who have specialized in particular areas of investigation.
Detective Sergeant Jim O'Connell has completed specialized training in sexual assault and child abuse, and continues to work closely with the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office and the Department of Social Services. Det.Sgt. O'Connell is a fully trained Child Abduction Response Team (CART) investigator and is a member of the Metro LEC CART, attended seminars on asset forfeiture and search warrants. He has also received specialized training in homicide investigation and has been designated our suspicious death investigator.
Detective Billy Bausch is the department's primary drug investigator. He has extensive training and experience in this area, and actively participates in a regional drug task force responsible for countless arrests. Detective Bausch also is our liaison with the Drug Enforcement Agency and works closely with them on many cases.
Detective Tim Sullivan handles a wide variety of cases, but due to the high volume of drug investigations, he works primarily as a narcotics investigator, joining Detective Bausch on the regional drug task force. Det. Sullivan has additional training in homicide investigations, alcohol compliance, officer survival, search warrants, crime scene processing, crisis/hostage negotiation, and is trained as a field training officer. Detective Sullivan is a member of MetroLEC's Crisis Response Team where he serves as a negotiator. He is a member of the TRIAD team that assists the Council on Aging in offering crime prevention tips to senior citizens and is a member of the bike patrol unit. He is a welcome asset to the detective division.
Detective Rich Kelleher is trained and certified sexual assault investigator, trained in homicide investigations, drug investigations, fingerprint processing and classification, background investigations, child abuse, alcohol compliance and search warrants. Detective Kelleher's dedication, persistence and attention to detail is a valuable asset to the Detective Division.
Detective Tim Songin is the department's School Resource Officer (SRO). He is primarily assigned to Walpole High School, and acts as a critical component between students, parents, faculty, and the police department. He is also responsible for all juvenile related issues including court case management with in the Juvenile Court. During his daily duties Detective Songin often appears in juvenile court to process court documents for arrest, criminal summons, truancy issues, and CHINS or Child in Need of Services related issues. Recently Detective Songin's role has expanded to include more enforcement of drug and alcohol related problems in an effort to address increased activity involving drug and alcohol use as they pertain to school age children. He is also an active member of the Drug and Alcohol Alliance.
Detective William Madden is the department Court Prosecutor, He is responsible for court case management for all adult court cases in Wrentham District Court, Norfolk Superior Court, and Grand Jury. This duty consists of filling all necessary court documents including criminal complaints, arrest warrants, and motor vehicle citations where court action is warranted. Once a case enters the court system it is Detective Madden's responsibility to follow and document the case from beginning until the final disposition. In the course of his everyday duties Detective Madden meets with Assistant District Attorney's, Defense Attorney's, Clerk Magistrates, Probation Officers, and Judges. He is very active in the court room and within the court system he is the face of the Walpole Police Department.
Detective Rob Kilroy is the Walpole Police Department's computer crime expert, receiving hundreds of hours of training in Computer and Cell Phone Forensics. He is a member of the MetroLEC Computer Crimes Task Force, a regional unit designed to handle computer crimes for more than 40 area communities. Officer Kilroy also serves as one of the department's Crime Prevention Officers and has received training in Crime Scene Photography and Latent Fingerprint Recovery & Identification.
Members of the Detective Division attend monthly area meetings. It is here that they share information about local trends in criminal activity. Through this network, they are able to learn a great deal about criminal activity in the area, and can offer some great information about what crimes are occurring, and how to prevent becoming a victim. The Detective Division publishes numerous bulletins for distribution to police within the region and sends information to www.MassMostWanted.com for public distribution.