Captain Laura Lanham, Director
The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is comprised of several sections responsible for investigating a wide range of property crimes and crimes against persons.
District Investigative Sections
Our six district stations have fully operational investigative sections. Detectives conduct investigations of burglary, theft, missing persons, assaults, citizen robberies, minor sex offenses, blackmail, telephone misuse, hate crimes, and other criminal acts.
Financial Crimes Section
The Financial Crimes Section investigates crimes involving forgery/uttering, embezzlement, counterfeiting of checks/credit cards, financial exploitation of the elderly, and identity theft. The Electronic Computer Crime Unit (Computer Crime Unit), which is housed within the Financial Crimes Section, is responsible for computer forensics and conducting investigations involving computers, cell phones, and digital devices used as tools in a crime. Main Office Number – 240-773-6330
Central Auto Theft Section
The objective of the Central Auto Theft Section (CATS) is to reduce vehicle thefts in the County through investigation, enforcement, and theft prevention education. Main Office Number – 240-773-6370
The Crime Laboratory consists of the Forensic Biology Unit (DNA), the Forensic Chemistry Unit, the Crime Scene Unit (FSS), the Firearms Examination Unit, the Latent Print Unit (RAFIS), and the Photography Unit. The Crime Laboratory, including the Electronic Crimes Unit in the Financial Crimes Section, underwent an external American Society of Crime Lab Directors/Lab Accreditation Board-International (ASCLD/LAB-International) accreditation inspection in November 2011 and achieved accreditation in June 2012. The Crime Laboratory is also licensed by the State of Maryland, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Health Care Quality. Main Office Number – 240-773-5555