This Divisionís primary function is the investigation of major felony
criminal cases, as well as cases that may be particularly complex or
sensitive. This Division also provides general and specialized support
to other law enforcement agencies within the county. A Commander
oversees this Division. The
Investigations Division is structured as follows:
Homicide/Robbery Unit: The unit consists of two investigative
The Homicide, Robbery and Assault Section investigates
homicides, suspicious deaths, deaths within the Custody Operations
Bureau, robberies, kidnaps, and serious assaults.
The Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Section investigates
domestic violence cases, sexual assaults and reported or suspected
physical abuse against the young and the elderly.
Crimes Against Property Unit: The unit investigates crimes
against property such as burglary, fraud, grand theft, embezzlement, and
other related crimes. This unit also investigates those crimes that may
be beyond the resources or expertise of an initiating unit, and may
pursue the investigation of cases related to another crime or suspect
Agricultural Crimes Unit: This is a new, grant funded unit. Its
purpose is to identify and address those crimes that impact the
agriculture industry in Monterey County. Working with a Crime Analyst,
the detectives will coordinate their efforts with other law enforcement
agencies on the Central Coast and in the Central Valley. The unit
coordinates with other counties through the Central Coast Regional Ag
Task Force, and through the ACTION Project, a federally funded regional
agriculture crime prevention group.
Narcotics: The Narcotics Unit's mission is to investigate and
suppress criminal activity involving the manufacture, sale and
transportation of illicit drugs, and to initiate asset forfeiture
proceedings when appropriate. It also offers general narcotic
investigation and specialized support to other agencies within the
county. This unit may also target vice crimes as needed. The unit
includes these specialized components:
Narcotic Investigations Section: This Section is composed of
detectives and a Sergeant assigned to work narcotic and vice-related
crimes, and forms the core of the multi-jurisdictional task force with the
below units. State and federal narcotics officers may work in conjunction
with the Narcotics section..
Narcotics Enforcement Unit of Monterey County (NEUCOM) is a
multi-jurisdictional task force attached to the Narcotics Division. It is
funded with federal monies administered by the State Office of Emergency
Services. The unitís mission is to investigate and prosecute criminal
cases involving narcotics traffickers and dealers. A primary target has
been those involved in the manufacture and distribution of
methamphetamine. The unit conducts investigations based on criminal
information and referrals from law enforcement agencies operating within
Monterey County or through self-initiated activities including probation
and parole searches.
Marijuana Eradication Section (COMMET): This Section is also funded
with federal monies administered through a state grant from the Office of
Emergency Services. The main objective of the section is to eradicate
marijuana, focusing on both indoor and outdoor grown marijuana. Additional
duties include school demonstrations and general public awareness through
presentations to the public.
Monterey County Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team (MCMMETT):
This is another new unit, also grant funded by the State Office of
Emergency Services. The unit will coordinate its work with three other
counties comprising a designated Cal-MMET sub-region. The unitís focus
will be individuals and organizations involved in the manufacture, sale or
significant quantities of methamphetamine..
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performs the services required of the elected position of Sheriff and the
Sheriff as Coroner.
The Coroner Unitís responsibility is to investigate all deaths reportable to the
Coroner and determine the cause, manner, and circumstances surrounding
reportable deaths. The (Sheriff) Coroner is a county-elected officer acting
under the authority of provisions of the California Government Code and Health
and Safety Code. There are specific laws that define the Coronerís powers and vest in that person, the right and duty to investigate certain classes of
Not all deaths are reportable to the Coroner. Reportable deaths fall into 24
categories. Government Code section 27491 and Health and Safety Code section
direct the Coroner to inquire into and determine the circumstances,
manner, and cause of any death, which falls into one of these categories.
Monterey County, like 42 other counties in California, is a Sheriff-Coroner
county that gives the investigator dual powers as a coroner and peace officer. A
unit supervisor within the Coroner Unit also chairs the countyís Child Death
In any death into which the coroner is to inquire, the coroner may take charge
of any and all personal effects, valuables, and property of the deceased at the
scene of the death or related to the inquiry and hold or safeguard them until
lawful disposition thereof can be made. The Coronerís Unit makes family death
notifications for deaths occurring in Monterey County. When requested by other
jurisdictions, coroner personnel will also make death notifications to family
members residing in Monterey County for people who have died in other states or
other California counties. The Coronerís Unit may also assist the people of the
state, as appropriate, in the implementation of the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act.
There is a combined responsibility of the Coroner Unit and County Public
Administrator's office to ensure that indigents are buried, or by Board of
Supervisors resolution in Monterey County, cremated. If estate funds are
available for this task, this becomes a Public Administrator duty. If no estate
funds are available, the Coroner Unit is responsible to see that this duty is
carried out at county expense.