Case Units in
National List of Cold Case Units in the United States
Collection of units in the
Protocols and Practices
Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims During Cold Case Investigations:
Guide for Developing a Law Enforcement Protocol,
Denver Police Department’s Victims’ Assistance Unit
The Denver Police Department has a unit dedicated to Victim Services, www.denvergov.org/dpdvau. Within that unit are the VAU—Cold Case Victim Services: Homicide and the VAU—Cold Case Victim Services: Sexual Assault.
Denver Police Department VAU has prepared several publications to assist with victim communications. They have allowed use of these publications on the ACJC web site, but Denver Police Department maintains rights to these materials. To use any or all of this material, please contact Denver Police Department.
Award-Winning Cold Case Units
International Association of Chiefs of Police award finalists
NCIS Cold Case Homicide Unit
The Naval Criminal Investigative
Service is the first federal law enforcement agency to develop a full-time cold
case homicide unit. Organized as a task force to solve the homicide of a US
Navy officer in the
Project Leader: Special Agent Jim Grebas
Phone: (202) 433-9183 · Fax: (202) 433-4922
Convicted Offender DNA Non-Compliance Clearinghouse/Cold Case Squad
When a 13-year-old girl was brutally raped, it was discovered that the rapist had already been convicted of almost 20 qualifying offenses that required the collection of his DNA sample. Further analysis revealed that alarming numbers of qualifying convicted offenders were being released into the community without compliance. This squad was established to obtain DNA samples from all convicted offenders who are required to do so. The multi-jurisdictional program seeks to obtain DNA standards at conviction. Since the project’s inception, there is increased information sharing among law enforcement agencies. Almost 14,000 cases have been reviewed, and 334 swabs obtained. More than 110 cases have been reassigned for investigation and 34 have been closed by arrest of the perpetrator.
Project Leader: Sergeant Cecile Alvarez
Phone: (305) 477-1112, ext. 258 · Fax: (305) 471-0808
Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department - Cold Case Unit
In April of 2003 the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department established a cold case squad to address a backlog of approximately 400 open homicide cases that dated back to the 1960s. Initially two detectives and one FBI agent were assigned to the cold case squad but all realized that three investigators would have a limited affect on the number of cases that could be investigated and/or resolved. In an attempt to use an innovative approach, the investigators were able to recruit five retired individuals with a background in homicide investigations living in the area at no cost to the police department. Three were retired FBI agents; one was a New York Police Department captain; and one was a criminal justice professor. They were responsible for reviewing all cases and prioritizing investigations based upon evidence and potential investigative leads for the Cold Case Squad investigators.
Captain Paul J. Zinkann III
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department