California Department of Justice
California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) is both a law
enforcement agency and state legal department in the California
executive branch under the elected leadership of the California
Attorney General which carries out complex criminal & civil
investigations, prosecutions, and other legal services throughout the
3.1 Division of Law Enforcement
3.1.2 DLE Investigative Bureaus
3.2 Division of California Justice Information Services
3.3 Division of Civil Law
3.4 Division of Criminal Law (DCL)
3.4.1 DCL Sections and Investigative Bureaus
3.5 Division of Public Rights
5 External links
CA DOJ is a statewide law enforcement agency and legal department with
over 4700 employees and a budget of $754 million, with $233 million
allocated to the Division of Law Enforcement. Besides its support
of the California Attorney General's work, the Department is
frequently mentioned in the newsmedia for (among other activities):
Its laboratory work. For example, in the 1995 trial of O. J. Simpson,
the lead forensic chemist from the Department testified that DNA tests
on blood samples from inside Simpson's Bronco "were 'consistent with'
tests on blood taken from Mr. Simpson, his former wife, Nicole Brown
Simpson, and her friend Ronald L. Goldman".
Its statistics, for example on weapons sales in California.
Its assistance to local law enforcement agencies, for example a
database that "cross-reference[s] criminal history and firearms
The sworn law enforcement personnel of CA DOJ (primarily assigned to
the Division of Law Enforcement), consists of approximately 500 law
enforcement officers (
Special Agents). They make up a group a criminal
investigators with varied backgrounds in local and federal law
enforcement and intelligence agencies. This small, but elite, group of
sworn peace officers are generally better educated and more
experienced than many of their law-enforcement counterparts, and are
often called upon for their expertise and ability to coordinate joint
activities between local, state, and federal agencies throughout the
Special Agents are a force multiplier, assisting agencies with
expertise, equipment and personnel, whether it is running a narcotic
task force, investigating a murder, uncovering political corruption,
or disrupting a violent gang's operation. Small and even large law
enforcement agencies within California can request supplemental
assistance from CA DOJ
Special Agents as necessary in today's tight
Special Agent Rank Classifications:
Special Agent Trainee
Special Agent Supervisor
Assistant Bureau Chief
Division of Law Enforcement
The Division of Law Enforcement ("CA DOJ DLE") is the law enforcement
branch of the California Department of Justice. The division is not
only the largest within the department, but also one of the largest
statewide investigative law enforcement agencies in the United States.
Its staff consists of sworn law enforcement officers (
criminalists/forensic scientists, analysts, and other professional
personnel. The primary mission of the Division of Law Enforcement is
to enhance public safety by conducting criminal investigations,
regulatory oversight, and forensic analysis of evidence for criminal
proceedings. The division also assists local, state and federal
agencies by providing services in specialized areas including:
Investigation of complex crimes
Collection and analysis of evidence
Training and education
Enforcing state gambling and firearm laws and regulations
Computer forensic training
While the California Office of the Attorney General was created in
1850, the law enforcement and criminal investigative capabilities of
the CA DOJ were not fully established until the early 20th century.
However, the mission of the
Special Agents within the Division of Law
Enforcement can trace its origins back to the original California
Rangers; the first state-wide criminal investigative and law
enforcement agency created on May 17, 1853. Although the California
Rangers were quickly disbanded (following their success in bringing
Five Joaquins gang to justice), in 1887 a new California
State Police agency was formed with former rangers becoming its first
California State Police
California State Police merged with the California
Highway Patrol in 1995, however their special investigative
capabilities and state-wide law enforcement mission now reside
primarily within the CA DOJ Division of Law Enforcement.
DLE Investigative Bureaus
Bureau of Investigation (BOI formerly CBI), which provides statewide
expert investigative services through special agents combating
multi-jurisdictional criminal organizations, and also operates several
programs including the state task force program, a special
investigations team, a special operations unit, LA CLEAR, and the
state anti-terrorism program. As the state's
FBI counterpart, the BOI
investigates a wide-variety of crimes including sexual predators,
violent and repeat offenders, serial crimes, internet crimes against
children, money laundering, extortion, public corruption, homicides,
rapes, false imprisonment, terrorism, and much more.
Bureau of Firearms (BOF), which "is responsible for identifying
individuals who are ineligible to acquire or possess firearms" and
other weapons, primarily targeting felons and others that may be in
possession of illegal weapons/explosives. The BOF conducts a variety
of operations, including undercover investigations for violations of
state firearms laws, training local law-enforcement officials on
firearms law and regulations, inspecting licensed firearms dealers,
lending safety assistance to gun show promoters, locating and
arresting felons in possession of firearms, and testifying as expert
witnesses. The BOF also works closely with its federal counter-parts
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Bureau of Gambling Control (BGC), which "regulates legal gambling
activities." The BGC investigates casinos and card clubs throughout
California for violations of California's gaming laws. Violation of
state gaming laws by casinos and clubs as well as their employees and
customers are the focus of most BGC investigations. They also
investigate complex thefts, robberies, scams and other crimes related
to the casinos and clubs.
Bureau of Forensic Services (BFS), which is the scientific arm of the
department, whose mission is to serve the people of California on
behalf of the Attorney General's Office. Forensic scientists collect,
analyze, and compare physical evidence from suspected crimes via some
of the most well-equipped and accredited forensic science laboratories
in the country.
Division of California Justice Information Services
The Division of California Justice Information (CJIS) "facilitates the
exchange of criminal justice intelligence among law enforcement
Division of Civil Law
The Division of Civil Law "both prosecutes and defends civil actions."
The overall mission of the Civil Law Division is to provide skilled
legal services to state agencies and officials in trial and appellate
litigation which includes prosecuting and defending matters in state
and federal courts and before various administrative tribunals.
Division of Criminal Law (DCL)
The Division of Criminal Law "represent[s] the People of the State of
California in criminal cases."
DCL Sections and Investigative Bureaus
Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud & Elder Abuse (BMFEA), which protects
California's most vulnerable citizens and helps to safeguard the
state's Medi-Cal program. The Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse
works aggressively to investigate and prosecute those who rob
taxpayers of millions of dollars each year and divert scarce health
care resources from the needy. The BMFEA is funded via an $18.6
million federal grant program. The Bureau conducts statewide
investigations and prosecutes fraud relating to the activities of
medical providers receiving funding under the Medi-Cal system. The
section also reviews and prosecutes reports of elder abuse and neglect
of patients housed in federally funded nursing home facilities.
Appeals, Writs and Trials Section handles post-conviction proceedings.
This involves prosecuting felony criminal appeals in state court,
responding to petitions for writs of habeas corpus in state and
federal courts, and prosecuting death penalty appeals. Deputies also
handle criminal investigations, conduct evidentiary hearings, appear
in local courts to litigate recusal motions, and prosecute felonies in
cases in which the local county district attorney has been recused or
otherwise removed from the case. Deputies appear regularly in the
California Court of Appeal, California Supreme Court, United States
District Court, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and occasionally
United States Supreme Court.
Correctional Writs & Appeals Section represents the state in civil
rights actions involving state prisoners. This section also represents
the Department of Corrections, Board of Prison Terms, Youth Authority
and the Department of Mental Health and their employees in cases
regarding policies, practices or conditions of confinement of inmates.
Office of Native American Affairs serves as liaison and addresses
justice-related issues for California's Indian citizens who reside on
reservations, rancherias and in urban communities for the overall
improvement of the quality of life for Indian people.
Financial Fraud and
Special Prosecutions Unit investigates and
prosecutes complex criminal cases occurring in California, primarily
related to financial, securities, mortgage, and environmental fraud;
public corruption, including violations of California’s Political
Reform Act; “underground economy” offenses, including tax and
revenue fraud and counterfeiting; transnational organized crime; human
trafficking; and crimes within the scope of the Attorney General’s
Bureau of Children’s Justice. Vertical teams of prosecutors,
investigators, auditors, and paralegals often work with federal and
local authorities on cases involving multi-jurisdictional criminal
Victim Services Unit leads California’s fight toward preserving the
rights of crime victims through responsive programs, accessibility of
services, and progressive legislation.
Research Advisory Panel primarily seeks to ensure the safety and
protection of participating human research subjects and adequate
security of the controlled substances used in the study. The Panel
Members evaluate the scientific validity of each proposed project, and
may reject proposals where the research is poorly conceived, would
produce conclusions of little scientific value, or would not justify
the exposure of California subjects to the risk of research.
Division of Public Rights
The Division of Public Rights is involved with "safeguarding the
state's environmental and natural resources," "preventing fraudulent
business practices," and other responsibilities
^ California state government. The executive branch. 2008 Dec 18.
Accessed 2008 Dec 29.
^ California Department of Finance.  Accessed 2008 Dec 29.
^ Noble, Kenneth B. State scientist links blood in Simpson's Bronco to
wife and friend. New York Times, May 18, 1995. Accessed 2008 Dec 29.
^ Thompson, Don. Gun sales hit all-time low despite 9/11 spike.
Ventura County Star, March 19, 2002.
^ Computer disarms criminals - new database links guns and
convictions. Daily News of Los Angeles, December 10, 2007.
^ California Statewide Law Enforcement Association.  Accessed 2017
^ California Department of Justice.  Accessed 2017 Dec 30.
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