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The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is the premier investigation agency and staff authority for criminal investigation matters within the Singapore Police Force (SPF).

CID is in charge of investigating serious crimes and sensitive cases, which include murder, rape, bomb blast incidents, organised crime, syndicated casino crimes, and cybercrime. The department is also in charge of crime suppression and enforcement against vice, secret societies, unlicensed money lending and intellectual property rights violations.

Other than the investigative and enforcement functions, CID is also the staff authority on all investigation matters, including providing policy guidance to all frontline investigation units, and developing new capabilities to improve the quality of investigation.



To prevent, deter and detect crime through excellence in investigation.



CID’s main roles are:

  1. Major Crime Division

    The Major Crime Division is made up of three branches, namely Special Investigation Section, Serious Sexual Crime Branch as well as Bomb and Explosive Branch.
    The division investigates into homicide, kidnapping, firearm-related, aggravated sexual crime like rape and sexual assault by penetration, bomb and explosive-related, and other major and sensitive cases. In addition, the Bomb and Explosive Branch oversees the development of SPF’s capabilities and readiness in post-blast investigations.

  2. Specialised Crime Division

    The Specialised Crime Division is made up of eight branches, namely the Secret Societies Branch, Specialised Crimes Branch, Unlicensed Moneylending Strikeforce, Intellectual Property Rights Branch, Casino Crime Investigation Branch, Specialised Crime Policy Branch, Organised Crime Branch as well as Financial Investigation Branch.

    The division conducts investigations and enforcement into syndicates operating in vice, illegal gambling, trafficking-in-persons, unlicensed moneylending and secret societies activities, infringements of intellectual property rights, and casino crime cases.

    In addition, the Organised Crime Branch conducts targeted investigations into organised crime groups. Specialised crime investigations in this division will be complemented by the Financial Investigation Branch, which will conduct forensic accounting and financial investigations to seek out proceeds of illegal criminal activities as well as oversee the civil confiscation regime under the Organised Crime Act.

  3. Technology Division

    The Technology Crime Division is made up of three branches, namely Technology Crime Policy Branch, Technology Crime Investigation Branch as well as Technology Crime Forensic Branch. The division focuses on cybercrime offences under the Computer Misuse Act.

  4. Forensics Division

    The Forensics Division is the authority on crime scene forensic matters in SPF. It provides crime scene forensic support including fingerprint and crime scene documentation, processing and analysis, for investigations conducted by CID.

  5. Intelligence Division

    The Intelligence Division serves to provide intelligence support to the CID units through the collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of useful criminal intelligence.

  6. Investigation Services and Support Division

    The Investigation Services and Support Division is made up of five branches, namely Criminal Records Office, Specialised Interview Branch, Corporate Services Branch, Manpower Branch and Service Quality Branch. The division provides critical corporate service and investigation support to CID.

  7. Operation, Investigation Policy and Training Division

    The Operations, Investigation Policy and Training Division is made up of five branches, namely Operations Management, Operations Development, Prosecution Branch, Liaison & Training Branch as well as CRIMES-3.

    The division is responsible for the coordination, command and control of all operations as well as major incidents or exercises. It is also the staff authority on investigation policy for CID and all land divisions and specialist units.

  8. Research, Planning and Organisational Development Division

    The Research, Planning and Organisational Development Division is responsible for the strategic and organisational development of CID. The main thrusts of its work include strategic and corporate planning, policy development and legislation reviews, capability development and information management.
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