Criminal Investigations

The Criminal Investigation Division, commonly known as CID, provides investigative services of all serious crimes to include property crimes such as burglaries or major

Lt. Ed DeCoste

Lt. Ed DeCoste

thefts, violent crimes such as homicides, sexual battery cases, and robberies, and financial crimes such as fraud, internet crimes, and financial schemes, as well as investigative support for the investigation of less serious crimes upon request or as needed.  CID also handles all internal investigations.

Typically, a Patrol Officer conducts the initial investigation when a criminal complaint is received and files an offense report to document his or her findings. In many cases, the Patrol Officer is able to complete the investigation, gather evidence, identify the suspect, and make an arrest. In other cases, where there are no arrests or clear leads, or if more in-depth or specialized investigation is required, the case is forwarded to CID. Each case received by CID is thoroughly reviewed. Solvability factors are considered and cases are referred to a specific Investigator for follow-up.

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

A total of eight (8) Investigators and two (2) civilian employees staff the Criminal Investigations Division.  This includes five (5) general Investigators, one of which is assigned primarily to sexual crimes and child abuse crimes and another to cyber-crimes, three (3) Investigators exclusively assigned to the Special Enforcement Team (SET) which focuses primarily on narcotics and other vice crimes, a Crime Scene Technician, and an Evidence Custodian/Clerk.

Lieutenant Edward DeCoste serves as the Division Commander of CID. Lieutenant DeCoste has served in various aspects of federal, state, and local law enforcement for the past 34+ years. He is responsible to ensure accomplishment of the mission assigned to the division and for the conduct of all criminal investigative activity. To reach CID, please call (850) 682-4157 or e-mail decostee@crestviewpd.org.