The University of Georgia Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is tasked with investigating a variety of criminal complaints here at the University of Georgia, as well as many University of Georgia properties throughout the State. Investigators are trained in a number of areas, including criminal investigations, interviews and interrogations, crime scene and latent fingerprint processing, homicide investigations and electronic surveillance. Each year, CID detectives investigate over one thousand criminal complaints on and around the University of Georgia campus.
Investigators also perform a wide variety of other investigative and administrative functions to serve the University of Georgia community. One such function is to provide protection for visiting dignitaries, who have included former U.S Presidents, foreign Heads of State, Senators, Congressmen, Supreme Court Justices and Governors. Investigators also routinely work with surrounding law enforcement agencies on multi-agency taskforces in response to crimes that affect multiple communities. Our investigators have taken part in many successful joint investigations that culminated in violent offenders being taken off the streets.
From death investigations to theft of property, CID has the responsibility and training to fully investigate all reported incidents. In recent years, the division routinely investigates all types of criminal complaints, including persons crimes, identity theft and computer related crimes involving the University of Georgia community. Investigators are trained in computer forensics and other techniques to effectively combat these types of crimes.
In addition to the CID’s investigative abilities, our division is trained and equipped to perform the majority of forensic examinations that cases may require in-house—from the collection of DNA and other biological evidence, to the identification of latent fingerprints. Investigators receive and process hundreds of pieces of evidence each year. Numerous offenders are identified and arrested as a result of this work. Other forensic capabilities of the University of Georgia Police Department include computer forensics, drug testing and identification; tire and footwear impression casting; latent fingerprint development; hair, fiber and trace evidence collection; blood pattern analysis; and general crime scene processing. Providing training to investigators in such a broad range of areas not only reduces dependence on the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for forensic and investigative services, but it enables the University of Georgia Police Department to provide a more thorough and timely service to the University community.