The Detective Bureau (DB) of the Los Angeles Police Department provides functional leadership for detective operations citywide, which accounts for approximately 1800 assigned detectives. This includes all specialized detective functions and the 21 geographic detective divisions throughout the city.
- NOTE: The Los Angeles Police Department featured in the Major Crimes Universe is fictional but it's loosely based on the organization of the real LAPD from 2005, the year The Closer premiered. As such, it's presumed that the organization of the Detective Bureau is also from 2005.
The command of the Detective Bureau, including the Chief of Detectives and all divisional commanding officers, is currently unknown.
Divisions of the Detective Bureau Edit
Commercial Crimes Division Edit
The Commercial Crimes Division (CCD) was established in May 2003 by merging the Burglary Auto Theft Division (BAD) and the Financial Crimes Division (FCD) into one. As such, the CCD has two main areas of investigation:
The Burglary and Auto Theft Sections provide logistical, technical and investigative support to area detectives, and have primary investigative responsibility on certain select burglary, theft, auto theft, and robbery crimes on a Citywide basis. These sections are also responsible for enforcing the rules and regulations governing pawnshops, junk dealers, and any other business handling secondhand merchandise.
The Financial Crimes sections are tasked with the citywide investigative responsibility for all forgery and fraud related white-collar crimes as well as identity theft investigations.
The Detective Support Division is responsible for investigating missing persons, hate crimes, threats made to public officials/prominent persons, aggravated stalking, and enforcing firearm laws.
- Detective Robert Oderno is assigned to the Missing Persons Unit DSD on Major Crimes.
- Detective Camila Paige was assigned to the Missing Persons Unit of DSD on Major Crimes, Season 6, before transferring to the Major Crimes Division.
Juvenile Division Edit
The Juvenile Division (JUV) is responsible for juvenile narcotics enforcement, child abuse and child exploitation investigations, overseeing the Department's youth programs, and providing Department-wide juvenile advice, consulting, and training.
Narcotics Division Edit
The Narcotics Division is responsible for monitoring narcotic enforcement efforts on a citywide basis and investigating major occurrences involving narcotics and dangerous drugs which are illegally manufactured, supplied, or distributed; and investigating major suppliers and distributors of narcotics or dangerous drugs who are engaged in illegal activities on an organized, commercial basis.
- Detective Stephanie Dunn was a narcotics detective who was featured in the five-episode story arc, "Hindsight", of Major Crimes, Season 4.
Vice Division Edit
The Vice Division is responsible for investigating violations of gambling and bookmaking laws when the violations are of an organized nature; maintaining files of monthly vice arrests; assisting geographic vice units, upon request, with operations which exceed their resources or geographic jurisdiction; investigations involving pimping, pandering, where Area vice units lack adequate expertise, experience, or electronic equipment to complete investigations; and investigating, arresting, and monitoring organized prostitution rings associated with escort services.
The Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD) is responsible for investigating select homicides, bank robberies, serial robberies, extortions, sexual assaults, human trafficking, kidnapping, incidents that result in injury or death to an officer, and threats against officers.
The Scientific Investigation Division's (SID) mission is to collect evidence at crime scenes or from suspects and victims, and process it at the Regional Crime Laboratory.
- "Firearms" Francine is assigned to the Scientific Investigation Division's Firearm Analysis Unit on Major Crimes.
Investigative Analysis Unit Edit
Under the the Chief of Detectives, the Investigative Analysis Unit (IAU) is responsible for researching, developing and implementing improvements in investigative techniques and procedures, used by investigative officers. IAU also provides administrative and technical support to DB.