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Bureau of Investigations
DC John Lois commands the Bureau of Investigations (BOI), which provides investigative police services, including:
Information about these areas is presented below.
Deputy Chief John Lois
Criminalistics (“Crime Lab” for short) handles scientific analysis of physical evidence.
Acting Manager Jennifer Mihalovich leads the Crime Lab.
Criminal Investigation Division
The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) serves as the main investigative branch of the Department. Officers assigned to CID conduct follow-up investigations for criminal cases and respond to crime scenes when requested. Each case is reviewed for solvability factors and assigned to an investigator for follow-up based on the type of crime.
Acting Captain Roland Holmgren leads CID.
Information Desk - (510) 238-3744
Useful information about how you can protect yourself from crime, make a crime report, or get help can be found in:
Click on the links below or scroll down to learn more about the specialized units within the Division:
- Homicide Section
- Robbery, Burglary & Felony Assault Section
- Theft/Misdemeanor Crimes & Task Forces Section
- Special Victims Section
- Youth/School Services Section
- Police Evidence Unit
- >Crime Analysis Section
|The Homicide Section is led by Acting Lieutenant Robert Rosin.
Homicide works to identify perpetrators, arrest offenders and solve homicides in Oakland. It uses DNA evidence to close “cold cases.” Investigators pursue those responsible to bring them to justice and to give victims’ family members a sense of closure.
If you have information about a homicide, please contact us:
Our Unsolved Homicides webpage highlights some cases that remain unsolved. If you know anything about these or other cases, please contact us.
Robbery, Burglary & Felony Assault Section
The Robbery, Burglary & Felony Assault Section is led by Lieutenant Brandon Wehrly. Three units comprise this section:
Theft, Misdemeanor Crimes & Task Forces Section
The Theft, Misdemeanor Crimes & Task Forces Section is led by Acting Lieutenant Robert Muniz.
The section focuses on:
The section can be reached at 510-238-3728.
Special Victims Section
The Special Victims Section provides professional, compassionate, and effective investigation and intervention services for families and youth based on a “victim-centered / driven” philosophy.
The section endeavors to improve the quality of life in Oakland by providing superior service to our citizens, especially children, and completing comprehensive investigations of those who victimize.
Lieutenant Jill Encinias leads the Special Victims Section.
- 24-hour Intake (510) 238-3641 (best number for information or to connect to your investigator)
- 24-hour Domestic Violence Advocate (800) 947-8301
The Special Victims Section consists of the following groups:
- Domestic Violence Unit
- Juvenile Intake Unit
- Missing Persons Unit
- Vice/Child Exploitation Unit
- 290 Enforcement Unit
- ID Unit & Registry
- Photo Lab
Domestic Violence Unit
Domestic Violence & Elderly Abuse Unit
- (510) 238-3256
- Unit Supervisor (510) 238-3829
- 24-Hour Domestic Violence Advocate 1-800-947-8301
The Domestic Violence Unit investigates all reported cases of domestic violence, including elder abuse, in the City of Oakland. The unit coordinates its efforts with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and the Family Justice Center.
Investigators assigned to this unit work closely with contracted advocates from the Family Violence Law Center (FVLC).
Domestic violence victims who come into contact with the police between 5:00 pm and 9:00 am can have immediate advocate contact through FVLC’s Over Night Emergency Response Team (ONERT).
Juvenile Intake Unit
The Juvenile Intake Unit receives and processes all arrested juveniles in the City of Oakland. The unit arranges for foster care for those who need it as well as housing for incorrigible youths.
- (510) 238-3641
- Unit Supervisor: (510) 238-3370
Missing Persons Unit
The Missing Persons Unit investigates all missing persons, runaway and child abduction-related incidents.
- (510) 238-3352
- Unit Supervisor: (510) 238-3370
Special Victims Unit
- (510) 238-7910
- SVU Unit Supervisor (510) 587-2500
The Special Victims Unit investigates sexual assault, child abuse and cold cases, including sexual assault cold cases.
- SVU 2 is tasked with investigating and monitoring all registered sex offenders living/working in the City and ensuring their DNA samples are on file with the state. In addition, the unit is also tasked with the processing (registering) of all convicted sex and drug offenders as well as arsonists as mandated by State law. SVU 2 consists of:
- The 290 PC Enforcement Team, which participates in the Alameda County Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force. This county task force is made up of officers from various Alameda County law enforcement agencies whose job it is to monitor violent sex offenders as well as provide assistance to local law enforcement agencies.
- The Identification Unit, which processes (registers) all convicted drug, arson and sex offenders residing and/or working in the City of Oakland.
ID/Photo Lab & 290 Enforcement Unit
The ID/Photo Lab & 290 Enforcement Unit is charged with investigating and monitoring all registered sex offenders living/working in the City and ensuring their DNA samples are on file with the state. In addition, the unit is also tasked with the processing (registering) of all convicted sex and drug offenders as well as arsonists as mandated by State law.
The 290 PC Enforcement Team participates in the Alameda County Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force. This county task force is made up of officers from various Alameda County law enforcement agencies whose job it is to monitor violent sex offenders as well as provide assistance to local law enforcement agencies.
The Identification Unit/Photo Lab processes (registers) all convicted drug, arson and sex offenders residing and/or working in the City of Oakland.
Vice & Child Exploitation Unit
- (510) 238-7911
- Unit Supervisor (510) 587-2540
The Vice & Child Exploitation Unit investigates all vice-crime-related incidents, as well as child prostitution, Internet crimes against children and human trafficking.
Youth & School Safety Section
Lieutenant Carlos Gonzalez leads the Youth & School Safety Section.
The Youth & School Safety Section oversees youth programs in Oakland such as PAL and the Our Kids Program (see Youth Services for more information on these programs). It is also the home of the School Safety Unit.
The School Safety Unit focuses on six schools identified by the Oakland Unified School District and provides support through two programs:
Youth & School Services can be reached at (510) 238-3641.
Crime analysis and crime statistics are researched and provided by civilian crime analysts. The Crime Analysis Unit manager is Ms. Nicole Freeman.