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Criminal Investigations

Criminal Investigations Section: The goal of the Criminal Investigations Section is to thoroughly and successfully investigate and prosecute felony crimes which occur within the City of Las Cruces thus making our community a safer place to live and prosper. This is accomplished by incorporating a comprehensive deployment of resources in reaction to felonies that have occurred within the city.

The Criminal Investigations Section is staffed by one lieutenant, two sergeants, 18 detectives, two officers, identification and evidence technicians, the Victims’ Assistance Unit, a crime analyst and support staff.

Lt. Casey Mullins is the section commander and oversees the operations of the Criminal Investigations Section.

Sergeants: Sgt. Roy Askin and Sgt. Carlos Wooten are the first-line supervisors in the unit. Their duties include overseeing the day-to-day operations of the section, scheduling and daily assignments, reviewing police reports for investigative assignment and reviewing each detective’s case load. The sergeants also respond to and provide guidance to detectives investigating serious felony crimes.

Crimes against Persons Detectives: The crimes against persons detectives investigate crimes committed against others such as homicide, unattended/unexpected deaths, aggravated assault/battery, robbery, sexual assault, elderly abuse, kidnapping and false imprisonment.

Crimes against Children Detectives: The crimes against children detectives investigate crimes committed against children. Those crimes may include child abuse or neglect, sexual assaults, contributing to the delinquency of minors and runaways.

Financial Crimes Detectives: The financial crimes detectives are experts in monetary or fiscal crimes such as embezzlement, fraud, computer crimes, forgery, identity theft and credit/debit card crimes.

Property Crimes Detectives: The property crimes detectives, as the title suggests, investigate such crimes as burglaries, larceny, felony vandalism and cases of auto theft.

Domestic Violence Detective: The domestic violence detective handles domestic-related crimes such as stalking, aggravated assault and battery against a household member.

Domestic Violence Officer: The domestic violence officer is responsible for reviewing all domestic violence cases. The officer ensures that conditions of release of suspects are adhered to and that all reasonable efforts have been made to protect the victims of domestic violence which may include the service of domestic violence protection orders.

Warrant Officer: The warrant officer is responsible for attempting to locate individuals within Las Cruces who have outstanding warrants. These warrants include Municipal Court warrants, Magistrate Court warrants and any other type of warrants that are entered in the statewide or national database.

Crime Analyst: The crime analyst charts criminal offenses, and assists detectives and officers with their investigations. The crime analyst also tracks trends in crime and is able to provide information or statistics that often are vital in solving and preventing crime.

Identification Unit: The identification technicians prepare fingerprint cards, classify fingerprints, maintain print classification files, submit fingerprints to the Division of Criminal Justice Services, conduct fingerprinting for licensing and job applicants, maintain crime scene photos, process crime scene evidence, and respond to crime scenes to assist with collecting evidence and photography.

Evidence Unit: The evidence technicians are responsible for the control, safekeeping and disposition of evidence and other property, including many of LCPD’s supplies. Evidence technicians also respond to crime scenes to assist with collecting evidence and photography.

Victims’ Assistance Unit: The Victims’ Assistance Unit is coordinated by Judith Baca. The Victims' Assistance Unit responsible for enhancing the probability of successful criminal prosecution by helping victims and witnesses through the criminal justice process, assisting crime victims with compensation for their loss, obtaining restitution and orders of protection, and providing case status information. Victim advocates also respond to scenes where they can provide comfort for or console victims of crime or crisis.

Civilian Support Staff: The civilian support staff are responsible for entering pawned property information, typing interview statements, reviewing police reports, filing, dispatching detectives, mailings, data collection, answering the Crime Stoppers phone line and answering questions from the public.

Tips: Tips on criminal activity or information that can help solve a crime can be sent via email to our Criminal Investigations Section.

How to Contact CIS: (575) 528-4222

Lt. Casey Mullins: (575) 528-4285

Sgt. Carlos Wooten: (575) 528-4289

Sgt. Roy Askin: (575) 528-4173

Victims' Assistance Unit Coordinator Judith Baca: (575) 528-4111