The Criminal Investigation Division is comprised of several units that work together towards the police department's mission of making the city a safe place to live, work, and visit. The Criminal Investigation Division (or C.I.D.) is responsible for the investigation of felony crimes reported to the Poplar Bluff Police Department. While it is difficult to reflect in words the energy that our detectives put into their assignments, their accomplishments speak for themselves.
All felony cases are evaluated for solvability by C.I.D. Commander Capt. Dave Sutton. Case solvability is determined by the existence of investigative leads. These leads must indicate a potential for arrest and conviction. Since police resources are limited, it is not practical to devote investigative resources to cases with little chance of successful resolution. Common examples of investigative leads include whether a suspect is known by a victim, existence of physical evidence, existence of surveillance footage, or other substantial information which may lead to the identity of a suspect. If sufficient investigative leads do not exist, the investigation will be suspended. If new information develops in the future, a case can be reopened and assigned to a detective.
Detectives may also become involved with the investigation of other incidents which do not immediately rise to the level of a criminal complaint, but might pose a risk to the lives and properties of our citizens. Such cases may include some missing persons reports, and reports of suspicious activity that may result in a criminal offense.
You may contact the C.I.D. in the office at (573) 686-8666
Captain J.R. Keirsey #235
Captain Keirsey has been with the department since September 7th, 1998 after graduating from the SEMO Law Enforcement academy. Captain Keirsey joined the Criminal Investigations Division in 2010 and was promoted to Lieutenant in March 2013. Keirsey was named the CID Commander in December 2015. You may reach Captain Keirsey at (573) 785-5776 ext. 1306 or at his email:
Lieutenant Josh Stewart #239
Detective Josh Stewart joined the department in March of 2009. Stewart graduated the 2007 Missouri Sheriff’s Association 640 hour Training Academy as Valedictorian of his class and holds a Class A POST certification. Upon obtaining his certification he began work as a Reserve Deputy with the Butler County Sheriff’s Department and was hired as a Full Time Road Deputy in 2008. Officer Stewart is a Type III BAC Operator, an ALERRT Rapid Response to Active Shooter Instructor and is certified through the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Hazardous Waste and Emergency Response for Methamphetamine Labs. In December of 2013, Detective Stewart was presented and Award of Valor and inducted into the American Police Hall of Fame for a June 9th, 2013 incident in which he and Corporal Joe Ward rescued two struggling swimmers from Black River. Stewart was also awarded the department’s Officer of the Year Award for 2013. In March of 2014, Stewart was appointed Evidence Technician for the department. Stewart worked in this capacity until being promoted to Detective in June of 2015.
Detective Stewart can be reached at 573-785-5776 (Ext: 1231) or by email at email@example.com
Detective Bryce Colvin #241
Detective Colvin started in law enforcement as a Military Police Officer at Fort Bragg North Carolina, in the winter of 2003. After returning home, Det. Colvin was able to become a Civilian Peace Officer and started a full time law enforcement career with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office in 2006. Det. Colvin started with the Poplar Bluff Police Department in March of 2008 as a Patrolman. In May of 2010, Det. Colvin was promoted to Detective and is currently assigned as a General Crimes Investigator. Det. Colvin continues to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves and is currently assigned as a Special Agent for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. In 2011, Det. Colvin was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and was assigned as a Special Agent at the FOB Shank CID Office in
Afghanistan. After his deployment he was chosen by 3D Military Police Group (CID) to be trained as a Forensic Science Technician. Det. Colvin attended an intensive training session that included Blood Stain Pattern Analysis, Digital Crime Scene Scanning, and Advanced Crime Scene Training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. Upon the completion of the courses, Det. Colvin successfully passed testing to become a Certified Crime Scene Investigator recognized by the International Association for Identification (IAI).
Det. Colvin Can be reached at (573) 785-5776 ext: 1314
or by his email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Detective Scott Phelps #246
Det. Phelps joined our Department in June of 2008. Det Phelps has training in online crimes, undercover online operations, and seizure of digital evidence, and he also spends a considerable amount of time conducting educational presentations to schools, parents, teachers and other civic groups in the area.
You may reach Det. Phelps by phone at (573)686-8641 or by email at: email@example.com
Detective Andrew Cleaveland #243
Officer Cleaveland has been with the department since April 1st, 1995 under the Animal Control Division and with the department's Reserve Division. He also served as the Municipal Court Bailiff as well. Officer Cleaveland transferred to the Patrol Division as a Patrolman in March of 1996. He is a 1995 graduate of the 480 hour Missouri Law Enforcement Academy at SEMO. He has training in Dignitary Protection Services, Homicide/Suicide Investigations, Burglary Investigation, Assault Investigation, and Crime Scene Investigations. Officer Cleaveland comes from Naples, Florida.