Special Victims Unit (SVU)
The Special Victims Unit, part of the Forensic Investigative Support Services:
- Prevents, investigates and prosecutes crimes against children.
- Supports State Police personnel and any law enforcement/social welfare agencies that request assistance with child abuse, neglect, exploitation or domestic violence cases.
- Serves as a contact point for inquiries from the law enforcement community.
- Serves as the lead agency in the NYS AMBER Alert Program
SVU provides investigative support in a variety of ways, including assistance with forensic interviews and case consultations/reviews. The Unit maintains forensic information files on child abuse and related topics, and makes referrals to a variety of professional specialists in the fields of child abuse and sex offenses.