The Criminal Investigations Section is responsible for investigative follow-up on incident reports generated by patrol units and to ensure that every report receives the proper case closure. These investigations consist of interviewing suspects, victims, and witnesses; analyzing information for validity, reliability, and accuracy; and compiling a comprehensive and factual case file to be presented in court. In addition to these investigatory components, this Section currently contracts with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department to have a dedicated DNA criminologist on staff.
The Section is made up of the following Units:
- Robbery / Homicide Unit
- Crimes Against Persons Unit
- Property Crimes Unit
- Narcotics Unit
- Vice Unit
- Youth and Family Services Unit
Robbery / Homicide Unit
The Robbery Homicide Unit investigates major crimes against persons including robbery, homicide, suspicious deaths, aggravated assaults, missing persons and cold cases. There is a detective investigator on-call 24 hours a day to respond to major crimes at a moment's notice.
Crimes Against Persons Unit
The Crimes Against Persons Unit (CAPS) is responsible for crimes committed against persons, including assaults, sexual assaults, rape, threats, harassing phone calls and domestic violence.
Property Crimes Unit
Detectives assigned to the Property Crimes Unit investigate burglary, auto theft, economic crimes, arson, felony vandalism, theft of vehicle parts, and other associated property losses.
The Narcotics Unit creates a safer community through proactive drug related enforcement and cooperative efforts with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Investigators enforce all state laws governing the illicit manufacturing, distribution, sale, and use of drugs targeting local drug trafficking organizations. Narcotics Investigators participate in several regional taskforce programs, including the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) initiative, Los Angeles Impact and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Vice Unit officers investigate moral crimes including prostitution, alcohol, pornography and human trafficking. They also investigate community problems associated with local establishments that serve alcohol in conjunction with the Alcohol Beverage Control Section. In some cases, an officer may be sent undercover to investigate the situation, as these moral crimes are notoriously difficult to track down and prosecute. Undercover officers may work for weeks, months, or even years to build a case.
Youth and Family Services Unit
The Youth and Family Services Unit (YFSU) focuses on all aspects of youth related efforts by the police department. This includes crimes involving juveniles, school interaction, youth outreach and education, the DARE program, and liaison with City of Santa Monica Youth well-being programs.
Elements of the YFSU include:
Criminal Investigations Division: 310-458-8451
Criminal Investigations Tip Line: 310-458-8449
Narcotics Unit Tip Line: 310-458-2292
Vice Unit: 310-458-8458