The Investigations Bureau within CID enforces state narcotic laws by conducting complex investigations of groups and individuals, who use, manufacture, sell or distribute controlled substances, and prescription-only drugs.
The bureau provides enforcement services statewide through participation in numerous multi-agency task forces including federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors. The bureau also provides assistance to other agencies for case specific needs and supports the enforcement efforts of the department’s Highway Patrol Division. Community outreach programs have been implemented to educate the public in areas such as narcotics, internet safety, and fraud.
Also housed within the bureau are tactical units, explosive ordinance disposal personnel, and crisis negotiations specialists. The bureau’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team is equipped and trained for response to barricaded suspects, hostage situations and high-risk search warrant and clandestine lab entries. SWAT also provides specialized training to other criminal justice agencies regarding tactics and specialized skills.
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit, or bomb squad, is a highly specialized unit within the bureau. EOD responds statewide and is the primary unit responsible for handling explosive related incidents for most law enforcement agencies in the state. Incidents vary from handling disposal of old and highly volatile explosives used in mining operations, to calls of pipe bombs that have been found in public locations.
To accomplish their mission, the members of the unit rely upon robots, counter charges, bomb containers, and a national 24-hour technical support network. In addition, EOD personnel conduct bomb sweeps when requested and also conduct post blast investigations.
Specific Units within the Investigations Bureau include the Central Narcotics District, the GIITEM Northern District, the Major Crimes District, and the Northern Narcotics District.