The Detective Section of the Criminal Investigation Unit investigates all major crimes, any crime which requires extensive investigation or specialized training, and any case as directed by the Chief of Police. The detectives prepare all search warrants for the department, conduct all applicant background investigations, investigate fugitive cases, handle extraditions, and pawn shop investigations. The Dover Police Criminal Investigation Section is tasked with the responsibility to investigate the most serious crimes that occur within the City of Dover. This section also conducts financial and identity theft investigations. In addition to these duties they are called upon to perform background investigations on all civilian and police applicants who are being considered for employment.