The primary purpose of the Criminal Intelligence Division (CID) is to provide criminal intelligence and technical support to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies on matters pertaining to the Commonwealth of Virginia. A major goal of CID is to identify, document, and disseminate criminal intelligence concerning persons involved in organized crime, terrorist groups, and those crimes involving multi-jurisdictional or serial crimes.
The Division is composed of six sections - the Research Unit, the Analytical Unit of the Virginia Criminal Intelligence Center (VCIC), the Field Intelligence Unit, the Technical Support Unit, and the Virginia Fusion Center. Administration consists of a Captain, two Lieutenants, four First Sergeants, and five clerical positions.
Research and Analytical
CID operates the VCIC, which is a repository of intelligence information that is available to all Virginia law enforcement personnel. VCIC personnel provide research and analytical support to criminal justice agencies. Seven analysts process and disseminate information related to crime trends, possible solutions, and potential criminal activity. One special agent in the research unit interacts with investigators and task forces to coordinate the violent crimes database, and handle INTERPOL requests.
The unit operates to improve intelligence collection and dissemination, to gather tactical intelligence in support of criminal investigations, and to use intelligence in support of strategic planning. Seven intelligence agents will coordinate the intelligence gathering and information dissemination as well as coordinating the functions of the Criminal Intelligence Division and the Virginia Criminal Intelligence Center and the Virginia Fusion Center at the field office level. This will be accomplished through strong liaison and interaction with department personnel and local law enforcement counterparts.
VCIC is also responsible for:
- Virginia Narcotics Pointer Index system
- Drug Information Hotline: 1-800-553-DOPE
The Department participates in the Virginia Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Documentation (VALID) and publishes a monthly intelligence bulletin. The VALIDATOR is disseminated throughout the intelligence community and is produced by CID analysts.
The VFC is staffed by one First Sergeant, five Special Agents, three analysts and one clerical position. Within the VFC is the Information Classification Unit (ICU) that will act as the information management mechanism for all incoming information to the VFC. The ICU will classify, prioritize, and determine initial dissemination of the information. The Virginia Counter-Terrorism Unit (VCTU) will review, correlate, analyze, disseminate, and file the information received from the ICU. In addition, the VCTU will prepare reports, provide in-depth analysis, and support directed intelligence operations related to terrorism in the Commonwealth of Virginia and in conjunction with the Department of Emergency Management.
Also comprised within the VFC is Visiting Agency Work Area that may be occupied by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, public safety, emergency management, and/or the military in preparation for, or in response to, an incident. The VFC personnel will maintain liaison with representatives from these agencies in order to facilitate and ensure communication between the Virginia State Police and those agencies, allowing for a more coordinated response.
Please report all potential terrorist activity to: 1-866-488-8554 to reach the Terrorist Hotline
Computer Evidence Recovery Section (CERS)
The primary purpose of the Computer Evidence Recovery Section is to provide computer evidence recovery services, forensic examination services, and expert testimony for law enforcement agencies through in-depth examinations of computer data stored or seized during the course of a criminal investigation.
Technical Support Unit
In 2004 the Technical Support Unit received 759 requests for service. Of those requests, 299 were in support of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Each request was directly related to ongoing criminal investigations, which were supported with the installation of technical equipment. The unit continues to support significant investigations and uses sophisticated methods and technologies to assist any requesting law enforcement agency.
The unit continues to provide audio enhancement services to all law enforcement agencies as well as supporting the courts and Commonwealth’s attorneys’ offices through installation and operation of closed circuit television systems for victims of child abuse cases.
The Hostage/Barricade Response Program was developed in 1997 to support federal, state and local law enforcement through the deployment of technical equipment and personnel resources. The Unit responded to 7 Hostage/Barricade incident requests in 2004.
Virginia law (§18.2-67.9) permits the use of closed-circuit television in any criminal proceeding, including preliminary hearings, involving an alleged offense against a child fourteen years of age or under relating to a violation of laws pertaining to kidnapping, criminal sexual assault or certain family offenses. A 2001 amendment allows for closed-circuit television in cases involving murder of a person of any age. Civil proceedings involving abuse or neglect of a child (63.2-1521 or 16.1-252) also permit the use of closed-circuit testimony. A child witness who is fourteen years of age or under at the time of testimony may also qualify for the use of closed-circuit testimony.
The prosecution, guardian ad litem, or defense must ask the court for an order allowing for the use of closed-circuit television; and the requesting party should contact the State Police in writing to request the service. The statute requires that the party seeking the order from the court allowing the use of closed-circuit television apply for it at least seven days in advance for a criminal hearing and two days in advance for a civil hearing.
This service is provided by BCI's Technical Support Unit at no cost to a local court on a first-come first-served basis. We require as much advance notice as possible in order to schedule the equipment and technicians. Contact the Technical Support Unit's Assistant Special Agent in Charge at (804) 674-2669 for the initial request for closed-circuit equipment or concerning cancellations or rescheduling. A Request for Use of Closed-Circuit Equipment form and a copy of the motion filed with the court to use closed-circuit testimony must be submitted. The installation will not be scheduled or equipment will not be set up until the court's decision on the motion is made. The request form and motion may not be e-mailed.
Submit request form to:
Department of State Police
Bureau of Criminal Investigation
Criminal Intelligence Division
P. O. Box 27472
Richmond, Virginia 23261
Where time is critical,
requests may be faxed to
What is the role of the Criminal Intelligence Division in your Department?
The role of the Criminal Intelligence Division is to provide criminal intelligence and technical support to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies on matters pertaining to the Commonwealth of Virginia. This is done through the identification, documentation, and dissemination of criminal intelligence concerning persons involved in organized crime, terrorist groups, and those crimes involving multi-jurisdictional or serial crimes. Technical assistance may include the use of audio and video-recording equipment by specialized agents of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
How can I report illegal criminal activity?
Toll free numbers are operational 24 hours a day to report illegal criminal activity. These numbers are located under the Virginia State Police on the inside of the front cover of telephone directories. Other frequently used numbers of the State Police that are available include:
- 1-800-947-HEAT to reach the Help Eliminate Auto Theft Hotline
- 1-800-553-DOPE to reach the Drug Information Hotline
- 1-877-623-7283 to reach the Insurance Fraud Hotline
- 804-674-2519 to reach the Criminal Intelligence Division for the Virginia State Police