Investigative Services Division
 
Hector Leal, Deputy Chief
(956) 216-5514
hleal@harlingenpolice.com

The Investigative Services Division is commanded and directed by Deputy Chief Hector Leal, who maintains administrative duties for the sections and units. The Division includes several functions in addition to the follow-up investigations of crimes.

The goal of the Investigative Services Division is to "solve assigned offenses, the arrest and prosecution of persons charged, and the reduction of crime." Criminal offenses which require follow-ups are assigned to Investigators. A substantial amount of these cases are cleared by various means, such as arrest, filing with the District Attorney's Office, and by exceptional means. Investigators work all types of crimes, from misdemeanors to capital offenses. Other duties include: jail/prisoner processing, crime scene processing, case preparation, and responding to major incidents.
The criteria and solvability factors which determine whether a case may be assigned for follow-up investigation include but are not limited to:
  • Nature of Crime
  • Suspect Information
  • Property Identification
  • Witness Information
  • Presence of Physical Evidence
 
Crimes Against Persons
Crimes Against Property
Special Investigations Unit
Evidence/Property Control Crime Scene Unit
Sexual Offender Registration
Crime Stoppers
Crime Victims Compensation
 
   
Crimes Against Persons
The Crimes Against Persons Section investigates violence against individuals, including murder, aggravated assaults, assaults, sexual assaults, robbery, harassment, gang-related offenses, weapon charges, and indecent exposure. There are four investigators assigned to this section. A fifth investigator investigates sex crimes, child abuse cases, missing persons, runaways, and works closely with local child advocacy centers.
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Crimes Against Property
The Crimes Against Property Section investigates crimes involving property, including burglary, auto theft, theft, criminal mischief, and forgery. This section also monitors pawn shop transactions. Five investigators are assigned to this section. A sixth investigator investigates auto thefts and is the Crime Stoppers Coordinator. To download a copy of the Burglary Information Pamphlet, click here.
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Special Investigations Unit
Mike Garcia, Sergeant
(956) 216-5484
Sergeant Mike Garcia oversees the Special Investigations Unit. This unit consists of four investigators and two K-9 officers, one who is assigned to the DEA. This unit has the responsibility of investigating offenses in violation of state and federal laws. Duties include intelligence gathering, street interdiction, undercover operations, and asset forfeiture and seizure.
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Evidence/Property Control Crime Scene Unit
Danny Cortez, Detective
Sean Hughes, Detective
Detectives Danny Cortez and Sean Hughes are assigned to Evidence/Property Control and are responsible for handling and the custody of property and evidence that may come into the possession of the Harlingen Police Department. This includes processing evidence for latent prints. As the Crime Scene Unit, the primary responsibility is to process crime scenes for evidence. This includes, but not limited to, the identification, collection, and preservation of crime scene evidence.
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Sexual Offender Registration
Michael Brooks
Detective Michael Brooks handles the registration of sexual offenders. Additional information on Texas' Registered Sex offender population can be found on the DPS website, http://records.txdps.state.tx.us For additional information on accessing the secure website, contact the DPS Crime Records Service, CJIS, at 512-424-2478.
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Crime Stoppers
(956) 425-TIPS (8477)
The Crime Stoppers Program is designed to obtain information from those sources that have knowledge about area crimes. Crime Stoppers offers individuals anonymity and a financial reward for the information they provide. Crime Stoppers also solves crimes in our public school system through Campus Crime Stoppers. The Harlingen Area Crime Stoppers phone number is
956-425-TIPS.
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Crime Victims Compensation
Bea Garcia, Crime Victim Coordinator
bgarcia@harlingenpolice.com
(956) 216-5421
Crime Victims Compensation is a financial assistance program that helps eligible victims of crime with certain expenses related to the crime. Money for this program comes from court costs paid by criminals and deposited by each Texas county into the Crime Victims' Compensation Fund. 
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