The Major Crimes Division is an elite investigative unit of the Los Angeles Police Department. Originally called the Priority Homicide Division, the MCD or "Major Crimes" as it is generally called, investigates high priority crimes, including multiple homicides, cases involving high-profile victims or suspects, and "critical missing" cases which are missing person cases involving kids under 14 years old and/or suffering from mental illness or disability.
Major Crimes Division was headed by Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson for seven years. Following Chief Johnson's retirement from the LAPD, Captain Sharon Raydor assumed command of the division.
The Major Crimes Division is currently located in LAPD's headquarters, the Police Administration Building (PAB) located in downtown Los Angeles, next to the Los Angeles City Hall.
The Priority Homicide Division (and later Major Crimes Division) was originally located in Parker Center which was the LAPD's headquarters until October 2009.
- Captain Sharon Raydor (2012- )
- Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (2005-2012)
- Captain Russell Taylor (2005)
Investigative Personnel Edit
- Lieutenant Louie Provenza (2005- )
- Lieutenant Andy Flynn (2005- )
- Lieutenant Michael Tao (2005- )
- Detective Julio Sanchez (2005- )
- Detective Amy Sykes (2012- )
- Detective Wes Nolan (2016- )
- Civilian Surveillance Coordinator Buzz Watson (2005- )
- Sergeant David Gabriel (2005-2012)
- Detective Irene Daniels (2005-2009)
- Detective Robby Oderno (2015, only temporarily during Det. Sanchez' suspension.)
Support Personnel Edit
- Assistant Chief William Pope (JK Simmons): The LAPD's Director of Operations during The Closer and Deputy Chief Johnson's immediate supervisor. Later in the series, he becomes Interim Chief of Police and is subsequently appointed Chief of Police.
- Assistant Chief Russell Taylor (Robert Gossett): The LAPD's Director of Operations during Major Crimes until Season 5 episode "White Lies, Part 1", and Raydor's immediate supervisor. The former commander of Robbery-Homicide Division, and later press liaison for Major Crimes, Taylor long felt passed over and unappreciated.
- Deputy Chief Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney): Fritz Howard was an special agent for the F.B.I. and the liaison officer to the LAPD (The Closer and Major Crimes Seasons 1 & 2). Upon his retirement, he is recruited to head the LAPD's Special Operations Bureau, and assumes the rank of Deputy Chief (Major Crimes Season 3 onward). He is currently the Acting Director of Operations until a replacement for Assistant Chief Taylor can be found.
- Lieutenant Chuck Cooper (Malcolm-Jamal Warner): Lieutenant Cooper is the commanding officer of the Special Investigation Section of the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division. He and his unit has helped the MCD multiple times with surveillance and and arrests.
- Dr. Fernando Morales: Los Angeles County Deputy Medical Examiner (2007- )
- Kendall: Los Angeles County Coroner's Investigator (2008- )
- Dr. Crippen: Los Angeles County Deputy Medical Examiner (2005-2007)
- Terrence Hynes: Los Angeles County Coroner's Office Forensics Technician (2006-2008) / Deputy Medical Examiner Intern (2009)
- Deputy District Attorney Martin Garnett
- Deputy District Attorney Claire Baldwin
- Deputy District Attorney Ozzy Michaels
- Deputy District Attorney Janet Powell
Major Crimes Division in the Real World Edit
The commanding officer of Major Crimes Division is Captain Steve Sambar.
In the real LAPD, the Major Crimes Division is under the command of the Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau and their job differs from the work depicted in the series. In real life, the primary objective of the 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 Criminal Conspiracy Section, Criminal Investigations Section, Intelligence Investigations Section, Surveillance Section, and Liaison Section.
In the Major Crimes Universe, it is presumed that the fictional Counter-Terrorism Division, which was once under the command of Deputy Chief Tommy Delk, and the fictional Criminal Intelligence Division, which is currently under the command of Commander Leo Mason, are the Major Crimes Universe's equivalents of the real Major Crimes Division, handling different parts of its investigative responsibilities.
In the real LAPD, high-profile investigations are conducted by the different sections within the Robbery-Homicide Division.