The Investigations Division consists of the Organized Criminal Activity Bureau, Special Investigations Bureau, which contains the Narcotics Investigations Unit, Public Integrity Bureau, Rikers Island Prosecution Bureau, Violent Criminal Enterprise Bureau, and the Economic Crimes Bureau, which contains the Immigrant Affairs Unit and the Civilian Complaint Unit. The Division is responsible for investigating and prosecuting a wide-range of violent and non-violent crimes in Bronx County including those involving violent gang activity, firearms trafficking, serious assaults, felony-level possession and sale of controlled substances, child pornography, animal cruelty and financial frauds.
Organized Criminal Activity Bureau
The Organized Criminal Activity Bureau is responsible for conducting investigations and prosecuting cases involving: the possession and sale of controlled substances; child pornography; animal cruelty; pattern robberies and pattern burglaries involving unidentified defendants or yet to be identified victims; terroristic threats; murder-for-hire; organized crime, and other criminal activity. The Bureau utilizes a wide range of traditional and non-traditional investigative techniques to enhance cases and strengthen investigations into criminality that impacts the day-to-day lives of members of the community.
Special Investigations BureauThe Special Investigations Bureau is dedicated to conducting long-term investigations into a wide-range of criminal activity using court-authorized eavesdropping and other forms of electronic surveillance. The Bureau’s Narcotics Investigations Unit is responsible for handling complex, large-scale narcotics investigations involving major narcotics traffickers.
Public Integrity BureauThe Public Integrity Bureau investigates and prosecutes cases involving corruption committed by public servants, government employees and elected officials. The Bureau also investigates allegations of excessive force or misconduct committed by uniformed public servants including members of the New York City Police Department and the New York City Department of Correction. Complaint forms below:
Rikers Island Prosecution BureauThe Riker Island Prosecutions Bureau investigates and prosecutes criminal offenses committed on Rikers Island, which include promoting prison contraband, arson, serious assaults, sex offenses, attempted murder, and wide-ranging conspiratorial conduct. RIPB also proactively investigates and prosecutes crime drivers within Rikers Island through more complex long-term investigations into gang-related activities. Where appropriate, RIPB may initiate investigations into the broader gang-related activities taking place outside of Rikers.
Violent Criminal Enterprise BureauThe Violent Criminal Enterprise Bureau conducts proactive long-term investigations and prosecutes organized violent criminal activity, including that perpetrated by gangs in Bronx County. The Bureau also seeks to stem the flow of illegal firearms into the Bronx. The Violent Criminal Enterprise Bureau utilizes a variety of conventional and unconventional tools to enhance its investigations and cases.
Economic Crimes BureauThe Economic Crimes Bureau focuses on the investigation and prosecution of: fraudulent schemes, scams and criminal plots to defraud the public, businesses and government agencies in the Bronx; high-value corporate and personal income tax evasion; large-scale tax fraud (such as untaxed cigarette trafficking enterprises); and organized financial crime. The Bureau works closely with other bureaus throughout the Office to identify the correlation between fraud and theft-based economic crimes, and the upsurge in violence throughout the Bronx. Further, the Economic Crimes Bureau continues to implement new technology and utilizes the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) as well as strong partnerships with local, state and federal law enforcement in its efforts.
Immigrant Affairs UnitThe Immigrant Affairs Unit investigates and prosecutes financial frauds and scams targeting the immigrant community in Bronx County. The Unit is also committed to aiding and encouraging the cooperation of victims, irrespective of their immigration status, who may fear cooperating with law enforcement through enhanced community outreach and proactive educational efforts. The Unit receives complaints through a toll-free helpline, walk-ins, and referrals from community-based organizations and government agencies.