Criminal Investigations Division (CID)

The Cameron County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID) processes all cases reported to the Sheriff’s Officer.

Criminal Investigations Detectives are divided primarily into two groups: crimes against persons and property crimes. The division’s Sex Offender Registration and Compliance Officer and the Victim Assistance Coordinator also work under the auspices of the Criminal Investigations Division. Crimes involving juvenile offenders can fall into any category that adult offenders do, however they are handled in accordance with juvenile guidelines.

Crimes against person’s detectives investigate domestic and non-domestic assaults, aggravated assaults, sexual assaults, murders, suicides, accidental deaths, questionable deaths, missing persons, stalking and telephone harassment. Crimes against children cases are handled by this group as well. Crimes against children include physical or emotional abuse or neglect and sexual abuse.

Property crimes detectives investigate both residential and commercial burglaries, thefts, criminal mischief, forgery, credit card abuse and identity theft.

The Sex Offender Registration and Compliance Officer ensures those offenders required by state law or court order to register as sex offenders comply with required guidelines. This includes the offender’s initial registration after release from custody, as well as subsequent registrations. Depending on the offender’s threat assessment, he or she may be required to register up to four times each year. This officer also submits information on offenders for publication in local newspapers. Once the offender information is obtained, it is submitted to a statewide data base for public access.

The Victim Assistance Coordinator can provide assistance in understanding and completing Crime Victim’s Compensation (CVC) paperwork. The coordinator can also provide crisis counseling and assist in obtaining long-term counseling for victims of crime, including domestic and sexual abuse cases.

Juvenile offender cases are handled with different guidelines than those involving adults. Swift, stern and consistent enforcement for juvenile offenders benefits both the youth and the community. By consistently providing serious consequences for behavior, the juvenile should develop a sense of accountability for his or her actions.