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Bureau of Investigation

The Division of Law Enforcement’s Bureau of Investigation (BI) is comprised of Special Agents that perform a myriad of duties. Agents are experts in conducting complex criminal investigations ranging from identity theft to trans-national criminal enterprises. Agents are assigned to regional offices and task force offices throughout the state.

The mission of BI is to provide statewide expert investigative services combating multi-jurisdictional criminal organizations. Through leadership and innovative programs, the BI will enhance public safety by focusing law enforcement efforts in the areas of organized crime, consumer fraud protection, cyber-crimes, and any crime or civil action of statewide importance to the Attorney General.


Anti-Terrorism Program

This program works with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies for the purpose of detecting, investigating, prosecuting, dismantling, preventing and responding to domestic and international terrorist activities in a unified and coordinated manner.

Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP)

This program, along with local, state, and federal partner agencies, eradicate the large scale illegal marijuana cultivations from public and private lands that cause deforestation, damage to wildlife habitats, pose dangers to the public, and hazardous chemical pollutions.

Clandestine Laboratory Coordination Program (Clan Labs)

This program is part of a national strategy, intelligence sharing and training initiative addressing methamphetamine and pharmaceutical drug crimes in the United States.

Controlled Chemical Substance Program (CCSP)

This program diverts and monitors precursor chemicals, regulated chemical substances and laboratory items that can be used to produce illicit drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, or ecstasy.

Foreign Prosecutions and Law Enforcement Unit (FPLEU)

This program provides assistance to state and local law enforcement agencies in the location and prosecution of suspects who are Mexican nationals accused of committing violent crimes in California and flee to Mexico to avoid arrest and prosecution in California.

Human Trafficking / Sexual Predator Apprehension Team (HT/SPAT) Program

This program provides statewide enforcement focused on criminal activity directly related to human trafficking and sexual predator apprehension.

Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit (LEIU)

This program provides leadership and promotes professionalism in the criminal intelligence community in order to protect public safety and constitutional rights.

Los Angeles Regional Criminal Information Clearinghouse (LA CLEAR)

This HIDTA Investigative Support Center provides strategic investigative research and analysis, tactical case and special operations support, as well as real-time “officer safety” deconfliction services.

Recycle Fraud Program (Recycle Fraud)

The California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act requires distributors of beverage containers to make a payment to the California Beverage Container Recycling Fund for each beverage container they sell or offer for sale to retailers and others in California. This cost, commonly referred to as the California Redemption Value (CRV), is then passed along the chain of distribution and is ultimately borne by consumers of beverages at grocery stores, vending machines, and restaurants. California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) uses the monies in the Recycling Fund to repay the initial redemption payment (the CRV) to eligible claimants who present empty CRV eligible bottles and cans for redemption. CRV eligible bottles and cans may be presented for redemption value at any recycling center that is certified by CalRecycle.

This program’s primary objective is to detect and stop existing fraud by organized criminal groups against the California Beverage Container Recycling Fund and to deter future fraud through the successful prosecution of criminal activity.

San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force (HTTF)

The mission of the SD HTTF is to disrupt and dismantle human trafficking and child exploitation organizations through a comprehensive, collaborative and regional law enforcement and prosecution response, in order to identify and rescue victims and hold their offenders accountable; along with promoting community awareness, expanding the exchange of information, and enhancing law enforcement resources and training. Victims of human trafficking can be anyone, including men, women, children, adults, foreign nationals, or U.S. citizens. Victims are protected under the law.

Special Investigations Team (SIT) Program

This program will consist of the SIT Teams, which provide investigative assistance to the Attorney General’s Criminal Law Division, Division of Public Rights and Division of Criminal Law units.

Special Operations Unit (SOU)

This program provides statewide enforcement for combating intrastate drug trafficking and violent career criminals and gangs.

Task Force Program

This program allows BI to maintain partnerships with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to coordinate and concentrate efforts against drug trafficking, and major crimes, underground economy and human trafficking.

Tax Recovery in the Underground Economy (TRUE)

The Tax Recovery in the Underground Economy (TRUE) program was established by Assembly Bill 1296 on January 1, 2020. TRUE joins existing state resources to collaboratively combat illegal business activities that rob California of public funds and its citizens of public services. TRUE is comprised of investigators, special agents and prosecutors from multiple agencies working together to recover revenue lost to the underground economy.

Western States Information Network (WSIN)

This program is one of six Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Centers funded by Congress through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs.

White Collar Investigation Teams (WCIT)

The California Department of Justice, Bureau of Investigation, White Collar Investigation Teams, are dedicated to using its skills to investigate white collar crimes, criminal activities such as public corruption, money laundering, corporate fraud, securities and commodities fraud, mortgage fraud, financial institution fraud, bank fraud and embezzlement, fraud against the government, election law violations, mass marketing fraud, and health care fraud.

White collar crimes include a full range of major frauds committed by individuals, groups, and business and government professionals. These crimes are generally characterized by deceit, concealment, or violation of trust, and are not necessarily dependent on the application or threat of violence. The motivation is usually financial and/or personal gain; to obtain or avoid losing money, property, or services, or to secure a personal or business advantage. White collar crimes are not victimless crimes. These crimes can bankrupt companies, devastate families by depleting their life savings, or cost government agencies billions of dollars.

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