Criminal Investigations Division

The La Porte Police Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is composed of dedicated professionals whose mission is to conduct extensive investigations of criminal activity in our community.

CID Detectives
The division is currently commanded by Lieutenant Tammy McBeath. Sergeant Lance Cook supervises a squad of 8 detectives who have a primary responsibility for follow-up investigations and, in many cases, primary investigations of crimes against persons and property. These range from robbery to murder, fraud to sexual assault, and theft or burglary to child abuse. To see a listing of the detectives, please visit the CID Staff Directory.

Some of the detectives are TCLEOSE licensed Law Enforcement Trainers, and as such, assist the departments Training Section in conducting classes. They have assisted in the Citizens Police Academy, Police Explorer Program, Uniformed Bicycle Patrol activities, and Firearms Training. Some detectives are also members of the departments SWAT Team, Children’s Assessment Center, and Computer Forensic Analysis.

Street Crimes Unit
An appointed Sergeant supervises a squad of 5 detectives known as the Street Crimes Unit. These detectives are assigned to covert operations such as narcotics, vice, and illegal gambling cases. These detectives also assist the CID and Patrol Division when needed. One of these detectives is also assigned to the HIDTA (Narcotics) Task Force.

Additional Responsibilities
The CID is also responsible for conducting forensic crime scene investigations and the handling, processing, and storage of evidence and property. The primary Crime Scene Investigator and ID Officer is Robyn Gallion, and the Property Room Custodian is Wendy Large. The CID and the Patrol Division receive valuable support from the Victims Assistance Liaison, Carol Scott. To learn more, please visit the Crime Victims Assistance Office page.

Division Mission
The mission of CID and Street Crimes is as varied and extensive as the longevity and experience of its personnel. While patrol officers refer most cases that are investigated by them to CID for follow up, CID detectives may also initiate investigations. Should circumstances or department need dictate, detectives may perform patrol functions to augment the Patrol Division. The latest example of this was with Hurricane IKE, when all Police Department assets were mobilized to protect the city.