Nearly 300 sworn peace officers make up the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation.
Established in 1913, it is the fourth largest law enforcement agency in Los Angeles County.
District attorney investigators track down hard-to-find witnesses needed to bolster challenging criminal cases. They also use their intellect and know-how to break through complicated webs of corruption that rob individuals, businesses and public agencies. Some investigators comprise a go-to team of cybersecurity experts who help unravel computer crimes.
They also provide support to other law enforcement agencies.
During the recent wildfires, 14 investigators assisted the Ventura Police Department, securing areas under evacuation orders and alerting firefighters to new flare-ups. Two others worked with state agencies to warn residents affected by Sylmar-area fires about scams that plague homeowners in a disaster’s aftermath.
“Our investigators are at the ready to assist in times of crisis and supplement public safety efforts throughout Southern California,” said Chief John Neu, who leads the Bureau of Investigation. “Investigators come to the District Attorney’s Office with a great deal of experience. They possess a high degree of expertise in a range of complex investigations and are skilled with the tools and techniques needed to successfully bring criminals to justice.”
District attorney investigators handle a variety of challenging assignments. They take on white-collar crimes, auto insurance fraud, consumer scams and a host of public assistance schemes, said Neu, pictured above, with Deputy Chief Kris Carter.
Investigators also team with deputy district attorneys in specialized divisions such as Justice System Integrity, Public Integrity, Organized Crime, Major Crimes and Cyber Crime.
In addition, they collaborate with numerous law enforcement agencies. District Attorney investigators are assigned to teams including the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s Narcotics Task Force, the Sex Crimes (SAFE) Task Force and the U.S. Secret Service High Tech Crimes Task Force.