General Questions About CID

Q. What are the types of crimes CID investigates?

A. CID detectives primarily investigate felony-level crime and provide investigative support to the patrol division. They conduct a wide variety of investigations to include deaths, sexual assault, armed robbery, computer crimes and counter-drug operations.
Q. How long does it take to complete an investigation?

A. Criminal investigations take as long as required to get to the truth and determine exactly what transpired in a particular circumstance. Although time is very important, criminal investigations are conducted to a thoroughness standard and not necessarily to a timetable. CID is dedicated to conducting thorough and professional criminal investigations no matter how long it takes.

Q. Why can’t CID provide information about open cases?

A. As a matter of policy, CID does not confirm when someone is the subject or suspect of an ongoing criminal investigation due to the person’s Constitutional due process rights. To prevent premature speculation about a case, when CID conducts an investigation, detectives are obligated to protect the integrity of those investigations by not discussing the details of ongoing investigations. Additionally, some of the reasons why CID does not release this information is to prevent “suspects” from destroying possible evidence, fleeing the area and to prevent witness tampering. CID investigates allegations of wrongdoing and once an investigation is completed, turns those findings over to the appropriate legal authority for disposition and adjudication. Once a person is charged with a crime, that information is beyond the purview or control of CID. It's also important to note that an allegation of wrongdoing or the fact that an investigation has been opened does not necessarily in and of itself imply guilt or innocence.



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