Grand Forks Police Department
122 S. 5th Street
Grand Forks, ND 58201

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    Criminal Investigations Bureau


    Lieutenant James Remer

    Key Responsibilities
    • Criminal Investigations
    • Crime Scene Processing
    • Assisting with Criminal Court Prosecution

    The Criminal Investigations Bureau’s (CIB) main task is to investigate crimes that occur in Grand Forks. Through investigative means we attempt to identify suspects and supply prosecutors with information needed for a successful prosecution, we also find evidence which protects innocent people from being charged with a crime. CIB consists of one Lieutenant, two Sergeants, and nine Officers. Of those nine, two are assigned full time to the Grand Forks area Narcotics Task Force. CIB investigates about 350 cases per year. The cases which are investigated by a detective might be handled with just a few interviews and having charging documents sent to the proper prosecutor; others take the time and effort of multiple detectives and many staffing hours due to their complexity. Detectives work on a rotational on-call basis, to cover weekend incidents and are available throughout the day and night if the need arises.

    To aid in our mission, we have a number of specialization's and/or equipment to include:
    • Fingerprint analysis
    • Computer forensics
    • Handwriting analysis
    • Digital video analysis capability - this allows us to take surveillance videotape and process it for useable evidence
    • Equipment to aid in obtaining footprints in dust


    Lieutenant James Remer reads through the Incident Reports filed by the officers of the Grand Forks Police Department and makes assignments within our case management system. Some incident reports are assigned back to the original officer, to gather more information or to complete the investigation. The majority of cases which require an investigation are assigned to a detective to work on the case until it is completed. The detectives in CIB are assigned to either personal crimes or property crimes, and tend to be assigned cases in their area of responsibility.


    In addition to specific cases, other special duties assigned to CIB Officers include liaisons to the following entities:

    CIB also aids in processing concealed weapons permits, taxi license applications, and we assist other bureaus with creating photo line-ups, interviews and processing evidence. There are advances in equipment and scientific techniques happening all the time. These new techniques and equipment impact the investigative work being done, however, the basics of investigative work remains much the same. Detectives process crime scenes, collect evidence, interview victims, witnesses and suspects, all in an attempt to arrest people who have committed crimes and to clear the innocent.

    There will always be advances in equipment and scientific techniques. Things such as digital cameras, computer forensics, or newer identification techniques such as DNA etc. are all changing and improving. However, the basics of investigative work remains. Processing crimes scenes, interviewing suspects and victims, and trying to figure out what really happened and who did what, will always be the main job for a detective.

    Contact: Lt.James Remer