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Program Description

  Investigative Services

The mission of the Investigative Services Bureau (ISB) is to provide specialized investigative services in support of felony and misdemeanor offenses that occur in Montgomery County. These investigations are coordinated through the MCPD Major Crimes Division (MCD), Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID), Special Investigations Division (SID), Criminal Investigations Division (CID), and the Crime Laboratory.

The Investigative Services Bureau is responsible for providing investigative and forensic services directed at preventing and deterring future victimization of those that reside, work, or travel in Montgomery County. This is accomplished through:

  • Conducting investigations and forensic examinations aimed at identifying suspect(s) responsible for perpetrating crime with the goal of successfully prosecuting them;
  • Providing victim assistance and services to help limit the negative consequences of being a crime victim;
  • Developing positive relationships with the residents and the business community in Montgomery County by conducting proactive and follow-up investigations which helps reduce victimization, helps victims recover property, prevents future crimes from reoccurring, and helps build a level of trust and cooperation with the community; and
  • Sharing information and working cooperatively with Federal, State and local law enforcement partners to address ongoing crime in the County.

Program Contacts

Contact Assistant Chief Darren Francke of the Department of Police at 240.773.5041 or Derrick Harrigan of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2759 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY22Actual FY23Estimated FY24Target FY25Target FY26
Number of lab examinations completed by the Montgomery County Police Crime Lab7,7257,4319,0009,50010,000
Crime investigation and closure rate: Violent crime 138.0%26.0%50%65%65%
Crime investigation and closure rate: Property crime11%10%16%30%35%
Number of fatal overdoses from opioids 28284807570
1  Offenses that were unfounded or referred to another jurisdiction or where arrest warrants were issued, but arrests not made yet, are not included in the clearance rate. By definition, the clearance rate does not take offenses that were closed administratively into account which affects the clearance rates.
2  As of the report date, there have been 84 confirmed fatal overdoses during FY23 and 15 suspected cases awaiting toxicology confirmation. The number of confirmed cases for 2022 & 2023 may adjust as toxicology reports are completed. Please note, this data exclusively includes fatal opioid overdoses that were reported to or managed by SID personnel.

Program Budget Changes

FY25 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY24 Approved50009602317.00
Enhance: Digital Forensic Evidence Compliance in Accordance with Richardson v. State of Maryland3793000.00
Increase Cost: Legal Demand to Obtain Evidence from Telecommunication Companies2000000.00
Enhance: FUSUS Platform1600000.00
Increase Cost: Leads Online Pawn Investigative Software for Criminal Investigations886250.00
Add: Forensic Crime Lab Accredidation144590.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.2540324-1.50
FY25 Recommended53392310315.50