Criminal Investigations

criminal-investigation

The Criminal Investigation Division, known as CID, is divided into two sections: General Investigations and the Special Enforcement Team.

The General Investigations Section is staffed by a Sergeant and five Investigators. The General Investigations Section provides investigative services of all serious crimes to include burglaries and major thefts, homicides, sexual battery cases, child abuse, robberies, and financial crimes, as well as support for the investigation of less serious crimes upon request or as needed. Typically, a preliminary investigation is completed by a Patrol Officer who writes an offense report. If an arrest is not made or the case is unable to be solved by the Patrol Officer, or the case requires specialized or in-depth investigative services, the case is forwarded to CID. Each case is reviewed by the CID Sergeant and solvability factors are considered. Cases are then assigned to a specific Investigator for follow-up.

The Special Enforcement Team is staffed by a Sergeant and three Investigators. The Special Enforcement Team provides proactive investigative services of narcotics violations, other “vice” crimes, gang violence, and other specialized investigations as well as gathering criminal intelligence.

Investigators have the responsibility to search out the full facts of a situation, organize the facts into a logical summary of investigative data, and present this data to the State Attorney’s Office for criminal prosecution.

Lt. Ed DeCoste serves as the Division Commander of CID.  Lt. DeCoste began his law enforcement career in 1979 and has served in various aspects of federal, state, and local law enforcement to include Chief Deputy with the United States Marshal’s Office. Lt. DeCoste is tasked with the overall responsibility of ensuring the continual accomplishment of the mission assigned to CID and for the overall conduct of all investigative activity.

emerald-coast-crimestoppers