Criminal Investigations Division
The Texas DPS Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is headed by chief and assistant chief
and consists of 875 members, including 721 commissioned officers and 154 civilian support personnel. Division personnel
are stationed in one of the seven regions throughout the state or at the Headquarters office in Austin.
The CID is divided into four specialized sections:
- The Administration Section provides clerical and statistical support, budgetary and procurement oversight, inventory maintenance, personnel management, and information technology support for the division. In addition, the Administration Section oversees the Training Unit, which is responsible for developing and providing relevant and progressive training courses for division personnel.
- The Organized Crime Section is charged with the overall direction of the state's enforcement efforts aimed at reducing the impact of organized crime. Personnel collaborate with internal and external stakeholders from across the state and internationally to identify, investigate, disrupt, and/or dismantle drug trafficking, human trafficking, and criminal gang organizations that pose the greatest danger to our communities.
Human Trafficking Hotline
People can receive help, report a tip, or request information or training
by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888
or by sending a text to BeFree (233733).
- The Special Investigations Section (SIS) is responsible for the overall direction of the state's investigative efforts targeting the disruption and dismantling of criminal organizations involved in violent crime, property crime, fraud, and illicit gaming. SIS also manages the fugitive, Ten Most Wanted, sex offender compliance, civil commitment, and regulatory investigation programs; works closely with the Texas Racing Commission regarding pari-mutuel racing investigations and compliance; conducts background investigations for the Texas Racing Commission, Texas Lottery Commission, and the Office of the Governor; and receives and evaluates case referrals from outside agencies to determine investigative value for dissemination to CID field personnel.
- The Investigative Support Section (ISS) performs a variety of highly specialized functions that greatly contribute to the success of the Department's mission. The Technical Unit conducts electronic surveillance, including the use of pen registers, trap/trace devices, intercepts, advanced cell phone exploitation and cell phone interrogations, countermeasure sweeps, and other forms of covert electronic surveillance. The CITEC Unit conducts forensic digital evidence searches and investigates acts of cyber threats, cyber terrorism, and computer security breaches. The Polygraph Unit administers polygraph exams to suspects, informants, and witnesses linked to criminal acts; administers pre-employment exams to trooper and police communications operator applicants; and coordinates the Texas DPS Law Enforcement Polygraph School. The Asset Forfeiture Unit tracks all funds, vehicles, and real property seized by the Department.
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