Criminal Investigation

Mission Statement

The mission of the San Juan Police Department Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is to provide the highest quality criminal investigative support to the Patrol Division & Special Investigative Unit of San Juan Police Department by conducting timely and thorough criminal investigations using advanced investigative techniques and forensic equipment.

CID detectives will search out and collect all available evidence surrounding each case to  exonerate the innocent and substantiate the culpability of the guilty.As professional fact finders, CID detectives will conduct systematic and methodical investigations to determine what findings the evidence supports and will not form conclusions in advance.

CID detectives recognize their responsibilities to the community they serve and are committed to investigating all criminal allegations in an ethical and impartial manner with sensitivity toward the needs of victims and witnesses.

CID detectives are steadfast in their resolve and will mobilize all available resources to accomplish their mission, despite any obstacles, discouragement, or danger. CID is dedicated to providing superior investigative services to the victims of crime and preserve the quality of life that our citizens and visitors enjoy.

Functions & Purpose

CID detectives primarily investigate Misdemeanor and Felony-level crimes and provide criminal investigative support to the Patrol Division. CID conducts a broad spectrum of criminal investigations to include deaths, sexual assault, armed robbery, burglaries, assaults, kidnappings, fraud, and computer crimes.

CID searches out the full facts of a situation, organizes the facts into a logical summary of investigative data, and presents this data to the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office.

CID also provides criminal intelligence and forensic investigative support for the Patrol Division. CID works closely with other local, state, federal, and military law enforcement agencies to counter and investigate the most serious crimes.

The Criminal Investigation Division is supervised by a Lieutenant and Sergeant with six criminal investigators assigned to the division. The Investigators are assigned to Crimes against property and crimes against persons.

Specific functions include:

  • Investigate serious crime – and less serious crimes upon request or as needed
  • Collect, analyze and disseminate criminal intelligence
  • Liaison with other local, state and Federal investigative agencies/units
  • Liaison with District Attorney, Attorney General, and the United States Attorney’s Offices
  • Conduct missing persons investigations
  • Collect and examine evidence at crime scenes
  • Maintain custody of physical and drug evidence
  • Conduct sensitive or special interest investigations as directed by the Chief of Police