The Criminal Investigations Section is staffed by:

  • 18 Detectives
  • A Crime Analyst
  • Identification and Evidence Technicians
  • One Lieutenant
  • Support Staff
  • Two Officers
  • Two Sergeants
  • The Victims Assistance Unit

Section Commander

Lieutenant Edgar Rosa is the section commander and oversees the operations of the Criminal Investigations Section.


Sergeant Roy Askin, Sergeant Kenneth Coburn and Sergeant Miranda Baker 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 caseload. 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:

  • Aggravated Assault/Battery
  • Elderly Abuse
  • False Imprisonment
  • Homicide
  • Kidnapping
  • Robbery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Unattended/Unexpected Deaths

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:

  • Computer Crimes
  • Credit/Debit Card Crimes
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Identity Theft

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.