The Juvenile Bureau investigates all crimes committed, or suspected of being committed, by juveniles (any person under 16 years of age). This includes apprehension and prosecution in Erie County Family Court or the Town Youth Court.
Crimes Committed Against Juveniles
They are also responsible for investigating crimes committed against juveniles by adults. An example of this would be physical and/or sexual abuse of juveniles by their parents or others. These types of investigations involve coordination with other agencies such as Child Protective Services, Child Advocacy Center, Erie County district attorney's office ( C.A.A.R. Unit ), Erie County Attorney's Office, Erie County Probation Department and the Erie County detention facility (located on E. Ferry St. in Buffalo).
Crimes Committed by Adult and Juveniles Together
They also assist the adult side of the Criminal Investigation Bureau with their adult investigations. This would normally occur if an adult and a juvenile commit a crime together.
The dedicated detectives of this bureau are available to talk with parents who are in distress. If you need someone to talk to about your child's behavior, please contact either Detective.