By Colby T. Hauser
Criminal Investigation Command public affairs
FORT BELVOIR, Va. - For the special agents of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly referred to as CID, the mission is clear: to pursue the truth and bring those who would dare to dishonor the Army to justice.
Known as the premier law enforcement agency for the Defense Department, CID is actively recruiting qualified soldiers who are interested in careers as highly trained federal law enforcement officers.
"CID is without a doubt the best career field in the Army for anyone interested in law enforcement," said Special Agent Charles Kohler, assigned to the 62nd Military Police Detachment, Fort Drum, N.Y., and a recent CID special agent course graduate.
"There isn't any other organization in the Army where a soldier has the kind of opportunities that are made available to CID special agents."
CID is a worldwide network of highly-trained federal law enforcement professionals, responsible for investigating felony-level crime where there is an Army nexus. Serving a population of more than one million soldiers, civilians, contractors and family members, both at home and deployed, their mission is crucial and their work environment unforgiving.
Murder, fraud, sexual assault and arson are just a few of the types of investigations spearheaded by CID. Other missions include protective-service operations, counter-narcotic operations, developing criminal intelligence, and working with other Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to solve serious crimes on a global scale. On the battlefield, CID criminal investigations are expanded to include forensics, mentoring local national investigators, war crimes, as well as anti-terrorism and force protection missions.
Agents receive training at the U.S. Army Military Police School and advanced training in specialized investigative disciplines, making them some of the most highly trained and experienced detectives in the law enforcement arena.
Selected agents receive advanced training at the FBI National Academy, Metropolitan Police Academy at Scotland Yard, the Defense Academy of Credibility Assessment, formerly known as the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute, and the Canadian Police College. Agents also have the opportunity to pursue a master's degree in forensic science from George Washington University and enlisted agents have opportunities to become warrant officers.
Grey said agents from CID work daily with the FBI, ATF, DEA and other law enforcement agencies and have one of the highest solve rates for serious crime within federal law enforcement.