NOTE: The following divisions only exist in the Major Crimes Universe and their investigative responsibilities have not been explicitly explained.
It is presumed that the Counter-Terrorism Division and the Criminal Intelligence Division are the Major Crimes Universe's equivalents of the real, although now disbanded, Counter-Terrorism & Criminal Intelligence Bureau (CTCIB), handling different parts of its investigative and operational responsibilities, making them the elite Counter-Terrorism arm of the Los Angeles Police Department during The Closer and Major Crimes.
The real Counter-Terrorism & Criminal Intelligence Bureau Edit
In the real LAPD, the primary objective of the Major Crimes Division is the prevention of terrorist attacks or possible riots that can cause major damage to property and the loss of life in Los Angeles as well as preventing individuals or groups from harassing or harming others on the basis of race, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.
Real life MCD is comprised of the Administrative Section, Anti-Terrorist Intelligence Section, Organized Crime Investigation Section, Joint Regional Intelligence Center, Surveillance Support Section, Criminal Conspiracy Section, and the Criminal Investigation Section.
Emergency Services Division (ESD) Edit
Operations Section Edit
The Operations Section is responsible for maintaining liaison with the Emergency Operations Organization regarding the Department Operations Center (DOC); assisting department entities in preparations for maintenance operations during natural disasters and other unusual occurrences; developing, coordinating, and delivering incident management training, drills, and exercises to department personnel; coordinating organization and deployment plans for major unusual occurrences; and evaluating procedures, tactics, and techniques to be employed during unusual occurrences.
The Operations Section includes the Department Operations Center Unit and the Military Property Acquisition Team.
Hazardous Devices Section Edit
The Hazardous Devices Section is responsible for responding to incidents involving real or potential explosive devices and render safe and/or remove suspected destructive devices, improvised explosive devices, incendiary devices, explosives, explosive chemicals, pyrotechnics, and military ordnance; responding to incidents involving real or potential criminal use of hazardous materials and render safe and/or remove suspected hazardous materials devices; and providing and conducting canine explosive searches for Los Angeles International Airport.
The Hazardous Devices Section includes the Explosives Unit (Bomb Squad), the LAX Bomb Detection K-9 Unit, and the Hazardous Materials Unit (HAZMAT).
Planning Section Edit
The Planning Section is responsible for developing, implementing, updating, and supporting Response Information Folders and processing special event permits, required by City Administrative Code.
The Planning Section includes "Operation Archangel" and other supporting elements.
Operation Archangel is a project developed by the LAPD to identify and protect critical infrastructure and key resources in the L.A. metropolitan area. Its purpose is to defend likely targets against terrorist attacks. Archangel is based upon the guiding principle that local agencies are most knowledgeable about their own critical assets. It is also partnered with the City and County of Los Angeles, the California State Office of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Real Organization Edit
Although in the real LAPD, the Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau (CTCIB) reported directly to the Chief of Police, in the Major Crimes Universe, both the Counter-Terrorism Division and the Criminal Intelligence Division appear to be under the command of the Office of Operations. This was noted to Deputy Chief Delk by Assistant Chief of Operations Pope when they disagreed with who should investigate a case involving a double homicide and a possible bombing, the Counter-Terrorism Division or the Major Crimes Division. Commander Leo Mason also noted to Capt. Raydor that if Deputy Chief Davis was to be promoted to Assistant Chief of Operations, she could try to restructure the department, compromising both of their current positions. That would not be possible on Commander Mason's part if he was directly under the command of the Chief of Police.
Merge with SOB Edit
In the real LAPD, the Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau was merged with the Special Operations Bureau in 2010, creating the new Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau (CTSOB) which was then assigned to the newly created Office of Special Operations.
In the merge, "Operation Archangel" was moved from ESD to the Major Crimes Division as the Archangel Section. The Emergency Services Division also currently only houses the Explosives Unit (Bomb Squad), LAX Bomb Detection K-9 Unit, and the Hazardous Materials Unit (HAZMAT), meaning the original Hazardous Devices Section of the pre-merge ESD. Other ESD components were merged to the Emergency Operations Division of the new Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau.
Counter-Terrorism Division Edit
The command of the Counter-Terrorism Division is currently unknown.
Divisional Information Edit
From the little information we have of the Counter-Terrorism Division's operations, it is highly probable that it includes some of the parts from the real life Major Crimes Division, most likely the Anti-Terrorist Intelligence Section, Criminal Conspiracy Section, Joint Regional Intelligence Center (or at least parts of it), and the Criminal Investigation Section, as noted by Chief Delk with his close cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation involving Joint Counter-Terrorism Task Forces and the investigations into possible terrorist attacks in Los Angeles.
It is also probable that the Explosives Unit (Bomb Squad), the LAX Bomb Detection K-9 Unit, and the Hazardous Materials Unit (HAZMAT) are a part of the Counter-Terrorism Division because of the invaluable support they would be able to give to the investigations and their day-to-day operations are "Counter-Terrorism" in nature. It is also probable that Operation Archangel is a part of this division, in some configuration.
The Counter-Terrorism Division was also mentioned in Major Crimes, Season 5 episode "Foreign Affairs", when the Federal Bureau of Investigation requested that the investigation should be conducted by the Major Crimes Division rather than the Counter-Terrorism Division so that the killer, a suspected ISIS terrorist, "would not feel them breathing down his neck".
Known Personnel Edit
- During Major Crimes, Season 5, the commanding officer of the Explosives Unit (Bomb Squad) is Lieutenant Capra.
Criminal Intelligence Division Edit
During Major Crimes, Season 5, the commanding officer of the Criminal Intelligence Division was Commander Leo Mason before he was promoted to Assistant Chief and assigned as the Director of Operations.
The command of the Criminal Intelligence Division is currently unknown.
Divisional Information Edit
From the little information we have of the Criminal Intelligence Division's operations, its job description can only be speculated, but it is highly probable that it includes some of the parts from the real life Major Crimes Division, most likely the Joint Regional Intelligence Center (or at least parts of it), and the Surveillance Support Section, as the divisions name would suggest, but it also could have its own Criminal Conspiracy Section and Criminal Investigation Section as well. It could also have the Organized Crime Investigation Section in some configuration.
In "Quid Pro Quo", it was revealed that Criminal Intelligence was helping a international defense/technology company to develop new surveillance technology for the LAPD, further confirming that the division most likely includes the Surveillance Support Section, at least in some configuration.
Capt. Raydor and Lt. Provenza also noted that usually when Criminal Intelligence takes possession of evidence, no one ever sees it again, and that Criminal Intelligence is the LAPD's C.I.A. (Central Intelligence Agency).
In "Intersection", Cmdr. Mason provided the Major Crimes Division support in tracking their murder victims route during his bike ride from his cell phone's GPS.
In "Shockwave, Part 2", Criminal Intelligence traced the connections of their suspected bomber, Cristian Ortiz, all the way through his military service and his time in prison. They found no connections to terrorist activities or to MS-13. This means that the Criminal Intelligence Division has contacts in multiple law-enforcement agencies, ranging from municipal and county agencies to federal law-enforcement.
Known Personnel Edit
- At the end of Season 4 of The Closer, Detective Irene Daniels transferred to Criminal Intelligence from the Major Crimes Division. She has not made any appearances since.
- Detective Camila Paige was noted to have made a name for herself CID in some point of her career, becoming a favorite of then-Commander Leo Mason.
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