Investigations BureauPurpose

The purpose of the Investigations Bureau is to provide both initial and follow-up investigations regarding criminal activity in the City of Escondido, as well as proactive enforcement to curtail future criminal activity from occurring. The Investigations Bureau integrates responses to criminal activity with the other bureaus in the department to best serve the needs of the community.

The Investigations Bureau is also responsible to monitor and respond to the Anonymous Tip Line – 760-743-8477 (TIPS). This "Tip Line" was designed to allow citizens the ability to provide the Police Department with information, anonymously if need be, regarding criminal activity. Though the "Tip Line" is checked on a daily basis, it is not designed to replace either 9-1-1 or the general police number, 760-839-4722.

Function & Structure

The Investigations Bureau is under the command of two Lieutenants. One Lieutenant commands the Crimes of Violence (COV), Gang Investigations Unit (GIU), and Family Protection Unit (FPU). A second Lieutenant commands the Crimes of Property (COP) and Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

The team members assigned to the various units are trained to investigate a wide range of criminal activity. Team members are committed to provide the community with only the highest level of customer service. On a daily basis team members diligently address criminal problems in Escondido and strive to ensure the safety of all community members.


The Crimes of Violence Unit is responsible for investigating a variety of criminal activities including: murder, robbery, carjacking, assaults, kidnapping and annoying phone calls.


The Gang Investigations Unit is responsible for investigating all criminal activity involving known or suspected gang members. Graffiti Vandalism cases in the City are also investigated by this unit in conjunction with the City of Escondido's Appearance and Compliance Team (ACT). The sergeant in charge of this unit also manages the City's Graffiti Vandalism Rewards Program.


The Family Protection Unit is responsible for investigating a variety of criminal activities including: crimes against children, reports of suspected child abuse from Children's Protective Services, sexual assaults, domestic violence, elder abuse and reports of Elder Abuse from Adult Protective Services.

The unit also supervises the department's Juvenile Diversion Program and Sex Offender Registration program.

Please follow this link for further information regarding Megan's Law.


The Crimes of Property Unit is responsible for investigating a variety of criminal activities including: commercial and residential burglary, motor vehicle theft, fraud, forgery, computer and Internet related theft or fraud. For safety tips regarding identity theft and fraudulent checks, see Miscellaneous Safety Tips.


The Special Investigations Unit is tasked with gathering, analyzing and disseminating criminal intelligence information to assist with the department's law enforcement efforts in the community. The unit utilizes a team approach with other bureaus to primarily focus on criminal activities revolving around narcotics, vice and police-regulated businesses.