Criminal Investigations

The Criminal Investigation Division (CID), strives to insure a thorough, timely and proper conclusion of each investigation; Exhaunerate innocent parties and ensure the best possible outcome for justice against offenders.

​Qualifications for CID Detective

Detectives must be able to efficiently conduct preliminary and follow up investigations, interview subjects, interrogate suspects, collect and process physical evidence, conduct photo lineup identifications, prepare cases to be presented to the District Attorney's office or other appropriate authority, prepare and execute search warrants, with guidance of departmental policy, and follow all state and federal laws.

 Detectives also require more experience and knowledge. While a large amount of knowledge is learned through years of experience on the job, further training and education in investigative techniques are required. The assignment into CID is based on application of interest and approval from Snyder Police Department supervisors, to ensure the quality and efficiency of detectives assigned. Other factors include previous job performance, investigative abilities, and ability to maintain and prioritize case load.

Latent Print Photography taken by SPD Detective Lea Tarter

​CID Detective Job Description

Detectives investigate criminal acts, but not limited to:

  • Homicides
  • Sexual Assaults
  • Robberies
  • Property Crimes
  • Assaults
  • Burglaries
  • Forgeries
  • Thefts
  Criminal Investigative Division detectives, unlike patrol officers, typically wear a "plain clothes" uniform consisting of a collared shirt and slacks and drive unmarked patrol units. Detectives spend much of their time compiling information and evidence for cases they are assigned to investigate.

Detectives commonly work alongside numerous partnering agencies such as TXDPS, ATF, FBI, CPS, etc. to investigate major crimes which occur within the City of Snyder. Detectives must be able to disseminate information to the proper agencies and within the department. 

Detectives take "on-call" rotations where they are available for call out for major crime scene investigations. Detectives are called out to major incidents and deaths which occur within the City of Snyder. On major crime scenes, control of the scene goes to the Criminal Investigations Division, unless designated otherwise or a higher ranking superior or agency takes over. CID Detectives are responsible for processing and collecting evidence on designated crime scenes.

Detectives within the Snyder Police Department investigate thousands of cases and incidents each year.