Criminal Investigations Division

Coral Gables Police Department
2801 Salzedo Street
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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Division Commander : Major Jesse Medina
Email : jmedina@coralgables.com

The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is responsible for conducting in-depth investigations of criminal cases and unsolved crimes. It is divided into a Criminal Investigations Section (CIS) and a Special Investigations Section (SIS).

Special Investigations Section

The Special Investigations Section is comprised of undercover officers who conduct narcotics, prostitution, gambling, money laundering, and counter-terrorism investigations, and gather intelligence. SIS members are also assigned to The South Florida Money Laundering Strike Force to assist with investigations.

Criminal Investigations Section

The Criminal Investigations Section (CIS) investigates unsolved crimes, locates and apprehends
offenders, investigates juvenile related cases, youth development programs, provides crime scene and investigative support, criminal intelligence analysis, and assistance to victims and witnesses. The CIS is sub-divided into the Crimes Against Persons Unit, the Property Crimes Unit, the Economic Crimes Unit, the Youth Resource Unit, the Victim/Witness Coordinator Unit, the Crime Scene Unit and the Criminal Analyst.

The Criminal Investigations Section is comprised of:

Crimes Against Persons Unit : The Crimes Against Persons Unit initiates and conducts follow-up investigations on such offenses as robbery, sexual crimes, assault, stalking, and domestic crimes. The unit is comprised as follows: one sergeant, two domestic violence detectives, and four detectives.

Victim/Witness Unit : The Victim/Witness Unit is comprised of one coordinator and one volunteer that serve victims of crimes in a variety of ways, including: crisis intervention, telephone consultation and information, needs evaluation, safety planning, community agency referrals, support in the criminal justice and legal support system, assistance in filing injunctions for protection in cases of stalking, dating and domestic violence, financial emergency assistance and/or emergency shelter, and needs of the elderly community.

Property Crimes Unit : The Property Crimes Unit is supervised by one sergeant and is staffed with six detectives who investigate residential, commercial, vehicle, and vessel burglaries. In addition, these detectives investigate vandalisms and all types of thefts, including auto theft. The Property Crimes Unit also incorporates the Video Forensic Unit.

Economic Crimes Unit : The Economic Crimes Unit (ECU) consists of one sergeant and three detectives. The ECU is tasked to investigate various financial crimes within the City jurisdiction, including forged checks, stolen or counterfeit credit cards, Internet fraud cases, identify theft and contractor fraud. The unit continues to maintain current trends within fraud investigations by attending monthly Financial Institution Security Association (FISA) meetings and local seminars.

Youth Resource Unit : The Youth Resource Unit (YRU) is supervised by one sergeant and has three detectives. Two detectives are assigned to the high and middle schools to act as School Resource Officers and assist the Miami-Dade School Board Police. Detectives also act as the advisors to the Coral Gables Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Coral Gables Police Explorer Post 594. In addition to these responsibilities, the YRU is responsible for investigating youth related cases that vary from criminal mischief to robbery and child abuse.

The Coral Gables Police Explorers assist in many events throughout the year, including the Jr. Orange Bowl Sports Abilities Games, the Coral Gables Tree Lighting Ceremony, and Carnival on the Mile, among others.

The Police Athletic League is a two-fold program. Various camps are conducted during school breaks and a year-round Youth Directors Program is sponsored. These camps are provided free to the public and free lunch is supplied for each of the campers, to enable anyone in the community to participate without worrying about the costs.

The Youth Directors Council (YDC) members meet monthly and their focus is on leadership and community service. Several of YDC members have received specialized training on leadership, and participated in community service projects such as serving meals to the homeless and collecting toys for the Annual Holiday Toy Drive.

The YRU is also responsible for teaching DARE to approximately 300 local 5th grade students. Members assist with Red Ribbon Week activities, conduct Officer Friendly speeches, and participate in Career Days.

The YRU also acts as the Gang Liaison for the Department and is a representative of the Multi Agency Gang Task Force. The unit’s members also serve on the Coral Gables School Community Relations Committee and the Police-Prosecutor Coordinating Committee.

Crime Scene Unit : The Crime Scene Unit (CSU) is comprised of a senior crime scene technician and two crime scene technicians. Sometimes referred to as Crime Scene Investigators (CSI), the technicians are responsible for gathering, documenting, and analyzing evidence at crime scenes. The unit has transitioned into digital photography and is one of the few agencies in the nation that submits DNA evidence from vehicle burglaries, which has resulted in arrests on vehicle burglary cases dating back to 2004.