Crimes Against Persons

The Crimes Against Persons section is responsible for follow-up investigation of major crimes committed against persons. The Department's Physical Evidence specialists are also in this Unit.

These types of crimes include:
  • Homicides
  • Sexual assaults
  • Robberies
  • Assaults
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
Sgt. Richard Spruiell supervises the Crimes Against Persons section.

Sergeant Richard Spruiell is a native of Dickinson, Texas. He was raised in the Houston area and graduated from Dickinson High School. Sgt. Spruiell married his childhood sweetheart in 1972 and they raised four children, during which some of that time he spent in the U.S. Navy. Sgt. Spruiell served his Country during the Vietnam conflict. After leaving the Navy Sgt.
Spruiell attended and graduated from the Texas Baptist Institute Seminary with a Bachelor of Theology diploma. He continued his post-graduate work at the Seminary. Over the years Sgt. Spruiell has pastored 3 churches.

He began his career with law enforcement as a chaplain 1992 for the Gilmer Police Department. He also served as a chaplain for the Tyler Police Department from 1994-1995. In May, 1996 he began his career in law enforcement as a Reserve Officer for the Gilmer Police Department. In October, 1996, he became a full-time police officer with Gilmer PD. 

In July, 2000, Sgt. Spruiell went to work for the Longview Police Department. In January, 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Sgt. Spruiell has supervised several units within the department including the Crisis Intervention and Negotiations Unit, Special Investigations and Apprehension Unit, and is currently the supervisor for the Crimes Against Persons Division of the Criminal Investigations Bureau.