The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) includes several functions. The Forensics Unit operates under the CID umbrella. The more traditional investigation roles are divided into three units: Crime Against Persons, Crime Against Property, and Fraud. The 28 employees of CID include:
- 1 Lieutenant
- 4 Sergeants
- 19 Detectives
- 2 Criminalist Officers
- 1 Forensic Specialist
- 1 Secretary
General Working Hours
The general working hours of CID are Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm. However, all detectives have the opportunity to change their schedules for the reasonable needs of victims and witnesses. Also, all detectives respond to emergency calls relating to their assignment.
The Cyber Crimes Unit investigates all cases involving the exploitation of children via the internet including child pornography, online solicitation of minors and tips sent in from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The unit consists of one sergeant and two detectives. The Cyber Crimes Unit is also responsible for the forensic examination of electronic evidence seized by the Abilene Police Department. The Cyber Crimes unit is a part of the Dallas Internet Crimes Against Children's (ICAC) task force. It is one of 61 such task forces across the nation.
The Fraud Unit investigates:
- Credit card abuse
- Other related offenses
The three fraud detectives do not investigate hot checks. The District Attorney's Office handles all hot checks. Check forgeries and abuse of credit/debit cards involve lengthy paper trails for detectives to pursue. Fraud detectives are also active in education and information sharing among local businesses to help minimize loss to fraud.
The Persons Unit investigates offenses in which a person is injured, endangered, or threatened such as:
- Sexual assault
Many of these crimes are fights and family violence that require a great deal of arbitration and interviewing to resolve. They also include physical and sexual abuse of children, and three of the unit's eight detectives are assigned to the Child Advocacy Center. They work exclusively on child abuse cases.
The Property Unit investigates crimes such as:
- Car burglaries
- Criminal mischief
The seven detectives in this unit constantly try to identify crime trends and intervene in addition to solving numerous individual offenses. One of the property detectives is assigned to inspect pawn shops and maintain up-to-date files on pawned items. This program alone recovers $80,000 to $100,000 of stolen property each year. Even when criminal prosecution is not possible, the unit strives to help victims recover their loss.