The third Captain in quest to learn all about the Captains and their different divisions lead us to Captain Tom Nichols.

Captain Tom Nichols, Investigative Services

Captain Tom Nichols

Captain Tom Nichols

Bio: 2nd generation EPD Officer.  His father retired as a Captain in 1989.

Experience: 25 years

Fun Facts: Despite being on the force 25 years, he’s only 37 years old.

As a part of Investigative Services, Captain Nichols oversees:

  • Investigative Services
    • Staffed with one Lieutenant, two sergeants, 8 investigators (detectives).
      • Adult Crimes:  This consists of major crimes such as homicides, fraud, burglaries, robberies, and suspicious suicides.
        • They have one full time investigator who is paid for by a federal grant.  He does nothing but work domestic violence cases.  Hard to believe in Enid, American isn’t it?  He is kept very busy.
      • Child Crimes:  When Captain Nichols first started with the PD, Juvenile Detectives (of which they currently have two) would deal with kids who were suspects or had done something wrong.  “Today, it’s a different animal,” said Captain Nichols.  “Back in those days, we’d deal with things like ‘Johnny beat up Billy after school’ or ‘Johnny stole a bike’ or something of that nature, ” he said.  “Now,” with his voice softening, “We deal with ‘Johnny has been sexually abused.”  They deal in all kinds of abuse cases both sexual, physical, and mental.  “I’m telling you,” Captain Nichols continued, “We are signing out abuse cases every single day.”  The room got palpably more quiet than at any other portion of the Academy….so far.
  • Evidence:
    • Staffed with two civilian technicians.
  • Crime Lab:
    • Staffed with 1 civilian.
    • Startling fact:  DNA takes 6 months to get back.  It’s not like C.S.I on CBS.  This is the real world.  Toxicology can take 12 weeks.

Initially, when the decision was made to staff the crime lab and evidence technicians with civilians, Captain Nichols, who was a Detective Sgt. at the time, was strongly against the move to allow civilians on a crime scene.  He now believes it is one of the best things they’ve ever done.  He praised the staff for being professional and well trained.  It also has the added benefit of freeing up detectives to investigate rather than collect evidence.

In describing his investigative staff, he had nothing but high praise.  “I’ve got an easy job,” he said.  “I’ve got the cream of the crop.  The absolute best.”