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|Criminal Investigations Division|
The La Porte Police Criminal Investigation Division (or "CID") is composed of dedicated professionals whose mission is to conduct extensive investigations of criminal activity in our community.
The division is currently commanded by Lieutenant Tammy McBeath (firstname.lastname@example.org). The CID Secretary is Betsy Bergeron (email@example.com). Sergeant Lance Cook (firstname.lastname@example.org) supervises a squad of eight Detectives who have a primary responsibility for follow-up investigations and, in many cases, primary investigations of crimes against persons and property. These range from robbery to murder, fraud to sexual assault, theft or burglary to child abuse. The Detectives currently assigned to CID are: David Huckabee, Danny Jones, Nathan Gates (I.C.A.C. partnership), Kelly Green, Jeff Kominek, Scott Pullig, Alvin Goonie, and Matt Davidson.
Sergeant Steve Ermel (email@example.com) supervises a squad of five Detectives known as the "Street Crimes Unit". These Detectives are assigned to covert operations such as narcotics, vice, and illegal gambling cases. These Detectives also assist CID and Patrol Division when needed. One of these Detectives is also assigned to the "HIDTA" (Narcotics) Task Force.
CID is also responsible for conducting forensic crime scene investigations and the handling, processing, and storage of evidence and property. The primary Crime Scene Investigator and ID Officer is Rick Hilton (firstname.lastname@example.org), and the Property Room Custodian is Wendy Large (email@example.com).
CID and the Patrol Division receive valuable support from the Victims Assistance Liaison, Carol Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org); see related information in reference to Ms. Scott’s position at this link.
The mission of CID and Street Crimes is as varied and extensive as the longevity and experience of its personnel. While patrol officers refer most cases that are investigated by them to CID for follow up, CID Detectives may also initiate investigations. Should circumstances or department need dictate, detectives may perform patrol functions to augment the Patrol Division. The latest example of this was with Hurricane IKE, when all police department assets were mobilized to protect the city.
Some of the Detectives are TCLEOSE licensed Law Enforcement Trainers, and as such, assist the departments Training Section in conducting classes. They have assisted in the Citizens Police Academy, Police Explorer Program, Uniformed Bicycle Patrol activities and Firearms Training. Some Detectives are also members of the departments SWAT Team, Children’s Assessment Center, and Computer Forensic Analysis.
How can I check on the status of my case?
Any complainant or victim can check on the status of their case by calling the detective who is assigned the follow up investigation at 281-842-3173. Having the case number ready when calling is always helpful. Also, the Police Department uses O.S.S.I. software, where you are able to check the status of your case, directly, on-line, via Police-to-Citizen software (see link along right margin of page).
It should be noted that detailed information on an ongoing investigation is not always available, even to a victim or complainant and is not available to the general public.
Why does it take so long for a detective to call me back after I've reported a crime?
After a patrol officer conducts an initial investigation and writes an offense report, the report is approved by a patrol supervisor and forwarded to a detective supervisor for assignment. This may take a day or two in itself, longer if a holiday weekend is involved. Moreover, detectives maintain a caseload assignment that averages 35-40 cases a month. If a new case has little or no investigative "leads", it will not usually take precedence over a case with more workable information. Add to this the other duties competing for a detective's time (court appearances, training days, vacation, assisting in other major cases) and it is readily apparent that an immediate contact by a detective is not always possible.
How do I get my stolen property back after the police have recovered it?
A complainant may contact the detectives assigned the case to arrange to pick up their property. They can also contact the La Porte Police Property Custodian at 281-842-3121 during normal business hours to arrange pick up. However, it should be noted that property that is considered evidence is often necessary for trial and it might not be released to the owner until the trial is completed. This status is usually determined by the District Attorney's Office.
My friends told me who stole my stuff and I told the police, but they won't arrest him. Why is that?
Information given to the police on a criminal case is not always admissible to obtain a search or arrest warrant. Any information from a person who is not an eye witness (i.e.: he said-she said) must be corroborated by other evidence in order for a search/seizure or arrest warrant to be obtained from a court. Often times, rumors and stories abound "on the street" and these are taken as fact, when in fact, they are not true. However, useful information obtained from a third party may help a detective in his investigation and should always be forwarded to him.
As with all the divisions of the police department, the Criminal Investigation Division is dedicated to the service of all our community's citizens and visitors. All the division's members stand ready to give their best effort in the constant battle against crime.