Violent Crimes Division


Welcome to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Division website. I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself as the Commander of the division and give you a little background on myself. My name is Captain Michael Wallace and it is an honor to have been chosen to oversee the Violent Crimes Division.

My law enforcement career started in 1984 as a member of the New York City Police Department. During the time in New York City I learned the true value of Community Policing and the importance of partnering with those who I serve. In December of 1990 I began my career with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. During my career with PBSO I have been afforded the opportunity to work in many rolls. I have been assigned as a patrol deputy, Corporal and Patrol Sergeant. I have also worked in Narcotics, SWAT and an investigator in the Violent Crimes Division with a focus on Gang and Homicide investigations.

I am a strong proponent of education and training, and have worked hard to achieve my Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Administration from Barry University and Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University. I am also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Command Officer’s Development Course and the FBI National Academy Session 272 in Quantico, Virginia. I look forward to continuing my education as a Commander to better serve the citizens of Palm Beach County.

There are several diversified investigative components that comprise the Violent Crimes Division, they include:

Analytical Support

There are 3 analysts assigned to the Violent Crimes Division from the Strategic Intelligence Section. The analysts provide analytical support for all violent crimes investigations.

Crime Stoppers

The Crime Stoppers Unit is responsible for receiving anonymous phone and website tips and contacting the appropriate law enforcement agency with the information. One of the most important elements in conducting criminal investigations is creating and maintaining partnerships with the community. We encourage you to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS (8477) if you have information relevant to any ongoing investigation.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

The DUI Unit enforces the State laws surrounding impaired driving and specializes in the detection and apprehension of impaired drivers. The unit leads and participates in traffic enforcement initiatives and assists other agencies with DUI/Safety checkpoints and patrols. The unit investigates DUI related traffic crashes, to include DUI-related serious bodily injury crashes.

Drug Overdose Prevention

Drug Overdose Prevention offers a comprehensive and multi-dimensional approach to the complex problem of drug overdose death. The project combines the efforts of several PBSO divisions and comprises three, separate, but related components:

1) Law Enforcement /Investigative – applies any and all relevant criminal statutes to those individuals found criminally liable for any aspect of another’s overdose death.

2) Public Awareness/Education – raises public consciousness for the overdose epidemic by offering educational programs and establishing strategic community alliances.

3) Quantitative Research – contacts family members from each and every overdose fatality. During those conversations, we inquire about many different variables, everything from the victim’s level of education to his or her drug habits. We recognize that before we can positively impact an issue as complex as drug overdose, we must first thoroughly understand the phenomenon.

Forensic Artist

Renders suspect composites from victim/witness statements, constructs craniofacial reconstructions of unidentified remains to assist in cold case investigations, uses Adobe Creative Suite software to assist in investigations and special graphics projects.

Gang Unit & Gang Task Force

The Gang Unit is responsible for the investigation of all gang related crimes in the unincorporated areas of Palm Beach County. The unit is responsible for gathering intelligence, conducting surveillance and documenting gang members while networking with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. A priority of the gang Unit is to share gang related intelligence with our law enforcement partners. The unit is comprised of 1 Sergeant and 7 Detectives.

The Gang Task Force shares the same mission as the Gang Unit but is responsible for the investigation of gang related crimes in all areas of Palm Beach County when requested by the local law enforcement agency.

The task force is comprised of 2 Sergeants and 10 Detectives.

Homicide/Cold Case Unit

The Homicide Unit is responsible for investigating all homicides, suspicious and accidental deaths, suicides, critical incidents (police shootings and in-custody deaths), shootings, kidnappings, robberies, and other violent crime related cases. This unit also is available to assist any Palm Beach County municipal police agency in any type of violent crime investigation when requested. There are 4 homicide squads each supervised by a Sergeant and comprised of 5 Detectives.

The Cold Case Unit investigates unresolved homicides, the earliest dating back to 1962. The unit also investigates cases involving unidentified human remains. There are currently 360 unsolved homicides being reviewed for investigation by the Cold Case Unit. This unit consists of 1 Sergeant and 5 Detectives.

Juvenile Arrest and Monitoring Unit (JAM)

The Juvenile Arrest and Monitoring Unit (JAM) is responsible for the monitoring of hard-core juvenile offenders currently assigned to probation programs. The priority of the JAM Unit is to reduce the cycle of juvenile violence by creating positive partnerships with parents, community leaders, and other entities that are committed to assisting juveniles. JAM Unit personnel are assigned to the Robbery & Gang Units.

Robbery Unit

The Robbery Unit investigates all home invasions, violent carjacking, violent business robberies, and any robbery in which the victim is seriously injured. This unit consists of 2 Sergeants and 12 Detectives.

Vehicle Homicide Unit (VHI)

The VHI Unit investigates fatal and potentially fatal crashes occurring in Palm Beach County. The unit provides technical assistance and Forensic Mapping services to other units, divisions, and agencies.

South Florida Task Force

The South Florida Task Force (SFTF) is a specialized multi-agency burglary suppression unit. It is empowered by a mutual aid agreement between participating agencies throughout Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. One of its main missions is to conduct surveillance

operations and long-term tactical investigations across jurisdictional boundaries for the purpose of identifying and apprehending serial burglary suspects. The SFTF should be considered an extension of all PBSO property crime detective bureaus and an additional resource for property detectives and deputies

to use on cases where a suspect vehicle is identified or in situations where electronic surveillance, camera placements or decoy operations will benefit a case. PBSO and municipal detective bureaus will ALWAYS retain investigative authority over the cases in their respective districts and jurisdictions.

The Violent Crimes Division staff looks forward to serving the residents and visitors of Palm Beach County and making this a safer place to visit and live. Please feel free to contact us at (561)688-3000 for any questions or concerns that you may have regarding our services.


Captain Michael Wallace

2019 Homicide Conference


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