United States Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division

United States Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division (USMC CID) is a federal law enforcement agency that investigates crimes against persons and property within the United States Marine Corps.

United States Marine Corps
Criminal Investigation Division
USMC CID badge
Badge design of the United States Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division
AbbreviationUSMC CID
Agency overview
EmployeesApprox. 300
Jurisdictional structure
Federal agencyUnited States
Operations jurisdictionUnited States
General nature

Special Agent Federals300 (approx.)
Parent agencyUnited States Marine Corps Law Enforcement Branch

Selection and training

CID Agent candidates must be currently serving as an enlisted active duty Marine between the grades of E-5 through E-9 or WO1 to CWO5. Civilian CID Agents must be employed in the government schedule (GS) 1811 series as a criminal investigator. All CID Agents must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance. Marine candidates must possess a GT score of 110 or higher, have normal color vision. Both Marine and civilian agents must meet Marine Corps physical fitness standards. Prospective Marine Corps CID agents are sent to the U.S. Army Military Police Schools (USAMPS) to attend the U.S. Army CID Special Agent Course (CIDSAC) at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, and must complete six months on-the-job training. Civilian CID agents either attend CIDSAC, or the Criminal Investigative Training Program (CITP) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) at Glynco, GA. Marine Corps CID agents may later return to USAMPS or FLETC to attend advanced or specialized training as may be directed.


CID is responsible for:[1]

  • Complex misdemeanor and felony investigations.
  • Investigation of narcotics cases.
  • Liaison with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Assist the U.S. Attorney's Office, local District Attorney's Office, and the Staff Judge Advocate Office for prosecution of criminal cases.
  • Maintaining the Provost Marshals Office / Marine Corps Police Dept. evidence repository.
  • Maintain a Criminal Intelligence component.
  • Conduct internal personnel inquiries (Internal Affairs)
  • Protective Service Details / Executive Protection.
  • Crisis Negotiators (CNT)
  • Liaison with Family Assistance Program concerning the law enforcement aspects of domestic violence issues.

USMC CID investigates misdemeanors and felonies of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and United States Code.[2]


Special Agents typically dress in professional business attire. Due to the nature of their work, undercover assignments and field work will typically dictate their attire.


CID Agents are issued the standard Glock 19M 9mm pistol as of 2017.[3] Previously CID Agents carried the Sig Sauer P228.

See also

JAG Corps




  1. ^ "CID page at MCB Quantico". marines.mil.
  2. ^ "CID page at 29 Palms Provost Marshal's Office". 29palms.usmc.mil.
  3. ^ http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/Portals/135/JAO/MCO%205500.6H%20Arming%20of%20Law%20Enforcement%20and%20Security%20Personnel%20and%20the%20Use%20o
Criminal Investigation Division

Criminal investigation division may refer to:

FBI Criminal Investigative Division

IRS Criminal Investigation Division

United States Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division

Criminal Investigation Task Force

The Criminal Investigation Task Force (CITF) is an organization created in early 2002 by the United States Department of Defense to conduct investigations of detainees captured in the War on Terrorism. It was envisioned that certain captured individuals would be tried by a military tribunal for war crimes and/or acts of terrorism.

CITF was initially activated in February 2002 under a mandate from the Secretary of Defense addressed to the Secretary of the Army. The Secretary of the Army formally tasked the US Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID), and CID activated the Criminal Investigation Task Force solely for the purpose of conducting criminal investigations against suspected terrorists detained by US forces. Under the Secretary of Defense directive, the Army was directed to maximize the capabilities of all the Services, and therefore coordinated with the US Air Force and US Navy to assist. The CITF included members from four of five of the branches of the U.S. armed forces; Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID), the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), the United States Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division (USMC CID), and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). Other personnel for the CITF came from military intelligence and support organizations. From time to time, liaison personnel and others from Federal Law Enforcement and other government agencies were attached to the CITF. An element from the CITF was initially deployed to Afghanistan with the goal of identifying captured terrorists, and to collect evidence for use in Military Commissions. Suspected terrorists were temporarily held at the Kandahar or Bagram Dentention Facilities. Another element of the CITF was deployed to US Naval Base, Gunatanamo Bay, Cuba. After the invasion of Iraq, CITF deployed yet another element to Iraq, initially to prepare for the possible transfer of detainees in Iraq to Guantanamo. Later, CITF began to collect evidence for use in the Central Criminal Court of Iraq. CITF also maintained its role in military operations by assisting Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with forensic evidence collection. In military, and law enforcement agencies, "Task Forces" are temporary organizations created to conduct a specialized mission or task. Members of "Joint Task Forces" are drawn from many different units. However, the CITF was never formally given the designation of a "Joint Task Force."

The CITF has operated worldwide and by 2005 had conducted over 1500 investigations and 10,000 interviews, and collected large amounts of evidence both in places where persons were captured and elsewhere. The results of CITF investigations has been used in military commissions (tribunals) at the Guantánamo Bay detainment camp and other legal proceedings in Afghanistan and Iraq.[1]. The CITF has provided evidence to Iraqi Courts to prosecute insurgents and foreign fighters captured in Iraq for crimes there, and has assisted other US and international law enforcement agencies.

As a result of widespread criticism of reported human rights abuses at Guantanamo and in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere, most notably the Iraq prison abuse scandals, including torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib and Bagram, a great deal of media and public attention was given to the methods used by the CITF and other U.S. military and civilian agencies in interrogations and other activities.

Senior law enforcement agents with the CITF told msnbc.com in 2006 that they began to complain to Department of Defense officials in 2002 that the interrogation tactics used by a separate team of intelligence investigators were unproductive, not likely to produce reliable information, and probably illegal. Unable to achieve a satisfactory response from the U.S. Army commanders in charge of the detainee camp, they took their concerns to both the Army Criminal Investigation Command under General Donald Ryder, and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service under David Brant. Brant alerted Alberto J. Mora, the general counsel for the Navy. [2] The first commander of the CITF was Colonel (now retired) Brittain Mallow, and his Deputy was Special Agent Mark Fallon. Their names have been in several articles and also mentioned during Congressional testimony.

Some copies of government documents detailing CITF policies and practices have become publicly available through after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a Freedom of Information Act request and subsequently a lawsuit. [3] There have been numerous discussions in congress and in the press and online regarding the differences between the CITF and other law enforcement methods, and those of the intelligence organizations involved with detainees. The CITF staff by all reports appear to have used only non-coercive, non-torturous methods in questioning detainees.

Defense Criminal Investigative Service

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Naval Criminal Investigative Service

The United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is the primary law enforcement agency of the U.S. Department of the Navy. Its primary function is to investigate criminal activities involving the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, though its broad mandate includes national security, counterintelligence, counter-terrorism, cyber warfare, and the protection of U.S. naval assets worldwide. NCIS is the successor organization to the former Naval Investigative Service (NIS), which was established by the Office of Naval Intelligence after the Second World War.

The vast majority of NCIS personnel are civilian, with half being special agents. NCIS agents are armed federal law enforcement investigators, who frequently coordinate with other U.S. government agencies and have a presence in over 40 countries and on U.S. Navy vessels. NCIS special agents are supported by analysts and other experts skilled in disciplines such as forensics, surveillance, surveillance countermeasures, computer investigations, physical security, and polygraph examinations.

Provost (military police)

Provosts (usually pronounced "provo" in this context) are military police whose duties are policing solely within the Armed Forces, as opposed to gendarmerie duties in the civilian population. However, many countries use their gendarmerie for provost duties.

As with all official terms, some countries have specific official terminology which differs from the exact linguistic meaning. The head of the military police is commonly referred to as the Provost Marshal. This ancient title was originally given to an officer whose duty it was to ensure that the army of the king did no harm to the citizenry.

Military police are concerned with law enforcement (including criminal investigation) on military property and concerning military personnel, installation security, close personal protection of senior military officers, management of prisoners of war, management of military prisons, traffic control, route signing and resupply route management. Not all military police organizations are concerned with all of these areas, however. These personnel are generally not front-line combatants but, especially when directing military convoys, will be at or close to the front line. Some MPs, such as the US MP Corps, are used as the primary defense force in rear area operations.

In many countries, military forces have separate prisons and judicial systems, different from civilian entities. The military possibly also has its own interpretation of criminal justice.

Special agent

A Special Agent, in the United States, is usually a criminal investigator or detective for a federal or state (and to a lesser degree county) government, that primarily serves in investigatory positions. Additionally, many federal and state "Special Agents" operate in "criminal intelligence" based roles as well. Within the US federal law enforcement system, dozens of federal agencies employ federal law enforcement officers, each with different criteria pertaining to the use of the titles Special Agent and Agent.

In federal/military intelligence usage, "agent" also refers to a human source or human "asset" who is recruited, trained, controlled, and employed to obtain and report information. Within law enforcement agencies, these types of sources are often referred to as Informants, Confidential Informants (CI-not to be confused with counterintelligence), and Confidential Human Sources (CHS).

In general, only some agents are federal law enforcement officers and hold either arrest authority or the right to conduct minor criminal/non-criminal investigations. In some agencies, however, an agent may have both arrest and minor criminal/non-criminal investigatory authority but still have no authority to conduct major criminal investigations.

Regardless, most people holding the title of "Special Agent" are law enforcement officers under state or federal law (with some also being dual intelligence operatives such as with the FBI). These law enforcement officers are distinctly empowered to conduct both major and minor criminal investigations, and hold arrest authority. Additionally, most Special Agents are authorized to carry firearms both on and off duty due to their status as law enforcement officers. In US federal law enforcement, the title of "Special Agent" is used almost exclusively for federal & military criminal investigators only.

United States Army Criminal Investigation Command

The United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC) investigates felony crimes and serious violations of military law & the United States Code within the United States Army. The command is a separate military investigative force with investigative autonomy; CID special agents report through the CID chain of command to the USACIDC Commanding General, who reports directly to the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Secretary of the Army. By position, the USACIDC commanding general is also the Army's Provost Marshal General.

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