The Texas DPS Criminal Investigations Division (formerly the Criminal Law Enforcement Division) consists of 800 members, including 654 commissioned officers and 146 civilian support personnel. The CID Assistant Director’s Office consists of the assistant director, deputy assistant director, an administrative major, and four civilian support personnel.
The CID is divided into four specialized sections:
These sections work together to prevent, suppress, and obtain prosecution for crimes committed in Texas in cooperation with city, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Multi-jurisdictional violations typically investigated by CID include organized crime, narcotics, motor vehicle theft, terrorism, gambling, public corruption, fraud, theft, and counterfeit documents.
The Gang Program works to disrupt criminal organizations that represent a significant criminal threat to the state, monitor civilly committed sex offenders, and arrest fugitives who constitute the greatest threat to citizens, with particular emphasis on those fugitives who have been targeted by the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives program or the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders program. Gang Program agents also participate in FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs) to conduct investigations related to domestic and international terrorism occurring within Texas.
The Drug Program is charged with the overall direction of the state's enforcement efforts against illegal drug trafficking in Texas. Drug Program investigative personnel collaborate with local, state, and federal agencies across the state and nation to conduct a variety of intelligence-led drug investigations. The Drug Program also manages the Department’s Domestic Marijuana Eradication (DME) program.
The Special Investigations Program (SIS) investigates vehicle theft, cargo theft, large-scale identity theft, document fraud, and other property/financial crimes, particularly those crimes involving organized criminal enterprises. In addition, Special Investigations personnel work to repatriate stolen vehicles from other countries, provide vehicle identification/theft investigation training for law enforcement officers, and provide investigative and enforcement support to certain legislatively mandated programs, including pari-mutuel racing (race track inspections), salvage yard inspections, illegal gambling enforcement, and human smuggling enforcement.
The Investigative Support Section (ISS) performs a variety of highly specialized functions that can greatly enhance investigative efforts. For example, ISS personnel provide support to investigations throughout the state by administering polygraph exams to suspects and witnesses linked to criminal acts. Personnel also administer pre-employment polygraphs to trooper and police communications operator applicants, and coordinate the Texas DPS Law Enforcement Polygraph School.