The Arson Investigation Unit is an ad hoc team with no full-time members. Seven detectives and one sergeant are assigned to the unit and are called out to investigate possible arson fires in Eugene as needed.
Arson investigators work as a team, in cooperation with investigators from the Fire Marshal’s Office, to determine fire origin and cause and to investigate incendiary fires. Arson investigators also cooperate with federal agencies during multi-jurisdictional investigations.
The Eugene Police Arson Unit aggressively investigates arson fires occurring in the city of Eugene, with investigative priority given to the investigation of serial fire setters or arson fires related to other crimes such as homicide, intimidation, or insurance fraud.