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Criminal Investigations Division

Durgin, Steven - Sergeant

Russell, Paula - Detective

Protzman, Todd - Domestic Violence Investigator 

Fleury, Jason - Corporal/School Resource Officer


The Criminal Investigations Division handles the investigation of serious crimes and crimes of a complex nature requiring a lengthy investigation that occur within in the City of Barre. Preliminary investigation of most crimes is handled by the responding patrol officer with investigators assisting by supplying investigative guidance and input. Detectives will normally respond to the following offenses:

Homicides, suicides, or suspicious death not attended by a physician
Assaults or incidents involving serious bodily injury requiring hospitalization
Sexual assault and abuse
Abduction and unusual or critically missing persons
Cases of suspected child and/or elder abuse or neglect

Other cases that may be complicated, lengthy, or require serious investigations that would be unduly hampered by the intervention of normal uniformed patrol duties or require specialized or intricate investigative skills will normally be assumed by an investigator assigned to the Criminal Investigations Section. 

Detectives also work collaboratively with other investigators from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as prosecutors with the Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office, Vermont Attorney General’s Office, and the United States Attorney for Vermont in coordinating the investigation and successful prosecution of the most serious crimes and complex investigations. 


Established under 24 V.S.A. § 1940, the Washington County Special Investigations Unit (SIU) provides a coordinated, evidence-based response to children who have been abused. Barre City Police detectives work in partnership with the Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office, Our House, Mosaic, Department for Children and Families, and Circle in the coordinated investigation and prosecution of incidents of:

Sexual violence
Child abuse and neglect
Missing and exploited children
Sexual violence and abuse of a vulnerable adult
Sex offender registry compliance