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Program Description

  Investigative Services

The Investigative Services Bureau is the primary investigative branch for serious and violent crime in Montgomery County. Detectives are assigned to one of the four divisions in this Bureau and are responsible for investigations leading to the detection, identification, apprehension, and prosecution of persons responsible for committing serious crimes in the County. The Bureau is comprised of four major divisions.

The Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for investigating a wide range of property crimes and crimes against persons. This Division consists of the District Investigative Section (fully operational investigative units at each district station), the Financial Crimes Section (fraud, pawn, and electronic crimes), and the Central Auto Theft Section. The Crime Laboratory and the Forensic Services Section is also a part of the Criminal Investigations Division.

The Major Crimes Division includes the Homicide Section, the Robbery Section, the Fugitive Section, the Victim/Witness Assistance Section, and the Missing Persons/Cold Case Section.

The Special Investigations Division consists of two sections: the Criminal Enterprise Section and the Drug Enforcement Section. The Criminal Enterprise Section includes the Repeat Offender Unit, the Vice/Intelligence Unit, the Criminal Street Gang Unit, and the Electronic/Technical Surveillance Unit. The Drug Enforcement Section provides investigative capabilities in pharmaceuticals, asset forfeiture, and multi-level drug enforcement involving the participation of Federal, State, and local agencies. It also includes the Firearms Investigations Unit.

The Special Victims Investigations Division consists of: the Child Abuse/Sexual Assault Section, the Missing Persons/Runaway Section, the Domestic Violence/Elder Abuse Section, the Sex Offender Unit, the Polygraph Unit, and the Child Exploitation Section. The Division is responsible for investigating sex crimes against children and adults, physical child abuse, runaways, missing children, felony domestic violence, elder abuse, and registration violations of sex offenders.

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Program Contacts

Contact Neil Shorb of the Department of Police at 240.773.5237 or Richard H. Harris of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2795 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Program Budget Changes

FY20 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved39920930297.00
Add: Forensic Scientist for Crime Lab827011.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.765075-9.00
FY20 Recommended40768706289.00