Houston Police Department

MAJOR OFFENDERS


The Major Offenders Division is responsible for the investigation of highly specialized and often unique types of criminal activity that fall outside the scope or expertise of other investigative divisions. The division’s cases are predominately related to felony offenses and involve habitual or career offenders. The division consists of four units, which are generally subdivided into squads.

Administrative Staff
This squad is responsible for all divisional administrative functions, including budget, payroll, inservice training, time and attendance, confidential informant funds, case files, personnel files, vehicle coordination, inventory control, divisional correspondence, and special projects.

Targeted Offenders Unit
Career Criminal Squad. This squad conducts proactive covert investigations into criminal activity and ongoing criminal enterprises. Squad members often handle unusual criminal cases not under the purview of other investigative divisions.

Fugitive Squad. This squad is responsible for processing fugitive prisoners, executing fugitive arrest warrants, and attending prisoner extradition hearings. Additionally, squad members assist other HPD personnel and outside agencies with issues related to the arrest or processing of fugitives.

Parole Violator Squad. The focus of this squad is on the apprehension of parole violators and other wanted individuals. Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force. The Major Offenders Division is part of this multiagency
task force assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service. The GCVOTF combines resources and databases to identify and locate wanted fugitives in the greater Houston area.

Special Thefts Unit
Environmental Investigations. This squad investigates cases that involve illegal dumping or disposal of waste and hazardous materials.

Police Impersonation Squad. This squad is responsible for investigation of all cases involving individuals or groups who pretend to be police officers in order to carry out offenses against citizens. Cases investigated by this squad include, but are not limited to, robbery, sexual assault, kidnapping, theft and any other incident in which the suspect pretends to be a police officer. This squad is also responsible for the investigation of all cases involving individuals who are impersonating security officers and improperly licensed security officers.

Swindle Squad. This squad investigates cases involving street level confidence crimes perpetrated by con men. The squad maintains files on known swindlers and modus operandi files on various types of swindles.

Cargo Theft / Fence Squad. This squad investigates cargo thefts, fencing operations, heavy equipment thefts, and salvage yards. Livestock / Animal Cruelty Investigations. This squad is responsible for investigating livestock
thefts and cruelty to animal crimes.

Inter-Agency Task Forces
ATF Task Force. This task force works jointly with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in two different areas of major crime, one being firearms trafficking and the second being proactive investigations targeting organized criminal groups committing aggravated robbery/home invasions in and around Houston and Harris County. Task Force Officers utilize State and Federal laws and statutes to disrupt illegal firearms trafficking with the most comprehensive prosecution and penalties.

FBI Asian Organized Crime. This task force works jointly with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to identify and impact criminal enterprises in the Asian, Russian and European communities. Task Force Officers work reactively and proactively to develop information and leads related to emerging crime throughout these communities, as well as internationally.

FBI Criminal Enterprise Group I (Safe Streets, Multi-Agency Gang Task Force). This task force works jointly with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as a number of other federal and local agencies, to identify and target for prosecution the members and leaders of violent street gangs within the greater Houston area. Task Force Officers target those criminals engaged in a vast array of criminal activity including but not limited to drug trafficking, money laundering, alien smuggling, crimes of violence, robbery, and carjacking.

FBI Criminal Enterprise Group II (Major Thefts Task Force). This task force works jointly with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to identify and conduct prioritized investigations of Major Theft criminal enterprises operating throughout the greater Houston area. Task Force Officers seek to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness in application of Federal/State/Local law enforcement resources through well-coordinated investigative endeavors.

FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force. This task force works jointly with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to identify and coordinate investigations where computers and related high technologies are a critical component of criminal activity or misused in a manner that threatens national security. Task Force Officers work to achieve maximum inter-agency cooperation and support, both in investigative resources and prosecution to impact cyber crime.

FBI Greater Houston Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory (GHRCFL). The GHRCFL is an FBI-lead forensic laboratory which includes members from multiple law enforcement agencies throughout the greater Houston area. Member analysts provide uniform, high quality computer forensic analysis to member agencies for the purpose of solid evidence in criminal investigations.