McAllen Police Department

Criminal Investigations Division

The Criminal Investigations Division of the McAllen Police Department is responsible for the investigation of crime, collection of evidence and support of successful prosecution. In order to maximize efficiency and facilitate specialization of work, the division is comprised of several units, each with varying degrees of responsibility as it relates to the investigation of crime. Listed with an attached brief are the units that make–up the McAllen Police Department Criminal Investigations Division:

Crimes Against Persons Bureau

- Crimes Against Persons Unit

The Crimes Against Persons Unit investigates criminal offenses against a person such as homicide, robberies, assaults, sex offenses, to less violent crimes like harassment and terroristic threats.

- Crime Scene Investigations Unit

The CSI Unit of the McAllen Police Department is tasked with; identification, collection, processing, preservation, and finally presentation of evidence.

Youth Crimes Unit

The Youth Crimes Unit investigates all crimes which involve juveniles. Crimes vary from runaways to aggravated sexual assaults.

Missing Persons/Warrants Unit

The Missing Persons/Warrant Unit investigates reports of persons who have gone missing and/or are reported as welfare concerns in our city. In addition to the investigation into missing persons / welfare concerns, the unit is also responsible for the apprehension and extradition of individuals with outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants.

- Forensic Evidence Acquisition and Recovery Unit (F.E.A.R)

The Forensic Evidence Acquisition and Recovery Unit is responsible for the extraction and recovery of electronic evidence using various forensic electronic tools and softwares. The unit is also responsible for the investigation of internet based crimes.

-Sex Offender Registration Unit

The Sex Offender Registration Unit is responsible for court designated “registered sex offenders” who reside in the City Of McAllen. This unit is responsible for assuring compliance with State registration requirements.

-McAllen Crime Stoppers Program

McAllen Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization built on a partnership between law enforcement, the media, and a team of community volunteers working together to help solve crime. The organization encourages citizens to aid the police in solving crimes by offering cash rewards and anonymity to those who furnish valuable information leading to the arrest of criminals.

Special Investigations Bureau

- Financial Crimes Unit

The Financial Crimes Unit operates with a working group of local, state and federal agencies. The special focus of the Financial Crimes Unit is to target the illicit money laundering of proceeds of the illegal drug and human smuggling trades. The Financial Crimes Unit initiates investigations of money laundering through seemingly legitimate businesses

- Special Investigations Unit

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has the responsibility of initiating and conducting investigations with a special focus on targeting the illicit drug trade, both major drug trafficking organizations and street level drug traffickers. The SIU conducts investigations in an undercover capacity to target various crimes including drug trafficking, prescription drug diversion and prostitution. Certain members of the SIU are assigned as task force officers with the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The SIU will also conduct other types of investigations as directed by the Chief of Police.

Emergency Services Unit

The Emergency Services Unit (ESU) is responsible for the training, maintaining and deploying specialized weapons and tactics.

-Haz-Mat Tactical Team

The E.S.U. Haz-Mat Tactical team is designated and responsible for regional response relating to tactical situations involving potential hazardous materials.