Arson Task Force

The Arson Task Force was founded in 2010 as a joint investigative unit between the Winston-Salem Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau and the Winston-Salem Police Department Criminal Investigations Division. Both the Winston-Salem Fire Department and the Winston-Salem Police Department recognized not only the uniqueness of fire fatality and arson investigations, but also the necessity of the Fire and Police Department to share the responsibility of investigating these cases based upon their respective areas of expertise. Therefore, it is the responsibility of both agencies to coordinate their investigative efforts as they relate to the clearance of each case and to work jointly and cooperatively in the investigative process.

The Arson Task Force works to promote and assist in the development and advancement of law enforcement and crime prevention with regard to the crime of arson, and to assist in the investigation, apprehension and conviction of arsonists.