CRIMES OF VIOLENCE UNIT (Robbery, Homicide, Assaults, Missing Person)
The Crimes of Violence Unit is tasked with investigating homicides, officer involved shootings, kidnapping, assault with deadly weapon cases, carjacking, and all other assaults. COV responds 24 hours a day for significant crimes and complex investigations. Crimes not requiring an immediate response are received from the patrol division and investigated during regular business hours. COV is also responsible for all missing person investigations, with one full-time investigator assigned these cases. COV works closely with other units in the Investigations Bureau to gather intelligence and locate persons who are the subject of violent crimes.
CRIMES OF PROPERTY UNIT (Personal, Commercial, Financial)
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.
FAMILY PROTECTION UNIT (Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Sexual Assault)
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.
GANG UNIT (Gang-Related Crimes)
The Gang Unit is responsible for addressing gang-related crime in the city of Escondido. A team of uniformed officers focuses their efforts on street-level suppression while another team of detectives develops intelligence and investigates gang-related crime. The Gang Unit works closely with the San Diego County Probation Department and the District Attorney's Gang Prosecution Unit.
The Escondido Police Department partners with the Escondido Education COMPACT on two gang intervention programs for youth who are at risk for joining a gang. The Family Intervention Team is geared towards middle school and high school aged boys while Girls Rock is designed for girls in the 7th and 8th grades. To find out more about these programs, click here.
SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS UNIT (Narcotics, Human Trafficking)
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, human trafficking, and police-regulated businesses.