Organised crime, terrorism, trafficking in human beings, financial crime and corruption, illicit trafficking in narcotics, illicit trafficking in weapons and other criminal offences under competence of the Court B&H and Prosecutor's Office B&H are investigated on a daily basis by inspectors of the Criminal Investigation Department, who are, along with with other organisational units of SIPA, a pillar of protection of citizens and state.
Cooperation with domestic and international law enforcement agencies has contributed to numerous successful criminal investigations resulting in disclosure of some major criminal groups in B&H, neighbouring countries and beyond.
During investigations and operations, police officials of the Criminal Investigation Department have shown a high level of professionalism, self-initiative, firmness, efficiency and courage.
Bos, Lutka, Pandora, Bela, Alf, Rubikon, Šetač, Memory, Koverta, Sailor, Značka, Pelegrino, Joker, Kazanova, Road, Bety, Brod, Bok, Osoje, Zenit, Panama, Skela, Master, Meso and Gibraltar are only some of the operations successfully carried out by the police officials of this Department.
The Criminal Investigation Department prevents, detects and investigates criminal offences within competence of the Court B&H (with the exception of the criminal offences, which, in accordance with the law and Rulebook on Internal Organisation of SIPA, fall under competence of the Financial Intelligence Department and Sector for Investigation of War Crimes and Crimes Punishable under International Humanitarian Laws), under supervision, guidance and orders of the competent prosecutor, collects intelligence and information about criminal offences and perpetrators, carries out activities on detection and apprehension of perpetrators and their bringing before the prosecutor.
Moreover, the Department carries out analytical processing of data, maintains appropriate records and analyses security situation in relation to crime and phenomena favouring development of crime.
This Department provides support to the Court and Prosecutor's Office in collecting intelligence, executes orders of the court and prosecutor's office and provides operational support to the Financial Intelligence Department.
The Criminal Investigation Department establishes inter-agency and international cooperation on activities within its competence, participates in taking measures and actions in most complex cases pending in the criminal investigation departments in regional offices, and performs instructional supervision in criminal cases held within these departments and performs other tasks in accordance with the law.
Internal organisational units
The fight against terrorism, as one of the biggest security challenges of the contemporary world, is one of the priorities of SIPA. As part of the antiterrorist coalition and in accordance with programme objectives of SIPA and adopted strategic documents at the state level, the Department is qualified to carry out the most complex investigations into terrorism, as evidenced by numerous counter-terrorism operations.
The Section for Combating Terrorism and Trafficking in NBC weapons prevents, detects and investigates criminal offences of terrorism and illicit trafficking in nuclear substances and chemical-biological weapons, analyses situation and emerging criminal trends, plans and carries out law enforcement activities in resolving the most complex cases in this area, monitors, analyses, coordinates and participates in the implementation of measures and actions in the most complex cases investigated by regional offices, analyses the reasons behind the emerging crime phenomena, proposes prevention measures and performs other tasks in accordance with the law.
Organised crime as a modern security threat knowing no boundaries poses a threat to the development of civilization, its achievements and it is an obstacle to further progress. This type of crime is manifested in different forms, implying that the most serious criminal offences stem from operations of an organised criminal group. Investigators of the Section for Prevention and Detection of Organised Crime, Crime related to Human Trafficking, Narcotics and other Criminal Offences, independently or in cooperation with domestic and international law enforcement agencies, conducted numerous complex operations against organised crime in B&H and beyond and achieved significant results in this crime area. These operations resulted in deprivation of liberty of drug and weapons smugglers, human traffickers and seizure of narcotic drugs, weapons, counterfeited money, etc.
The Section is in charge of prevention, detection and investigation of organised crime, crime related to human trafficking, narcotic drugs and other criminal offences not falling under the competence of other sections as well as analysis of situation and emerging trends of crime, planning and carrying out of law enforcement activities in resolving the most complex cases. Moreover, it follows-up, analyses, coordinates and participates in the implementation of measures and actions in the most complex cases investigated by the regional offices. This Section also oversees, investigates and documents money flows in these types of crime as well as analyses conditions and circumstances of the emerging crime phenomena, proposes prevention measures and performs other tasks in accordance with the law.
Financial crime and corruption is a problem faced by every contemporary society, particularly transition countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina. The fight against financial crime and corruption is among the priorities of SIPA.
The Section for Prevention and Detection of Financial Crime prevents, detects and investigates financial crime and corruption particularly in the area of economy, taxes, customs, criminal offences of corruption and abuse of official duties. Moreover, it analyses situation and this crime phenomenon, plans and conducts law enforcement activities in resolving the most complex cases of financial crime and corruption and participates in joint operational and investigative activities with investigators of the regional offices. The Section analyses conditions and circumstances of occurrence of these crime phenomena, proposes prevention measures and performs other tasks in accordance with the law.
The Criminal Intelligence Section collects criminal intelligence about crime within competence of SIPA, intelligence and information required for following-up and analysis of security situation and phenomena favouring occurrence and development of crime as well as individuals, groups and organisations that may be brought into connection with perpetration of criminal offences.
The Section also organises and implements work with informants; under supervisory oversight and planning, the section evaluates the collected data and information and works on elaboration, completion, selection and entry of data into databases, performs analytical data processing, conducts analytical research and follows-up and analyses criminal trends.
Reports and information received through 4x4 system as well as other reports and information are analysed and processed by this Section. Based on the analyses, the Section presents visual schemes using computer software and gives assessment of the probability of the existence of a criminal offence, gives guidance in the further course of action aimed at resolving of a particular crime. Moreover it prepares operational crime analyses in a given area or for a specific group of criminal offences as the basis of criminal investigations, continuously monitors different types of crime and updates databases, develops schemes of links between a number of people and objects under investigations as well as the course of events and flow of a case, presents visually analyses of telephone conversations between individuals connected with a specific criminal offence or criminal group, and performs other tasks in accordance with the law.
The Operations Support Group cooperates with Interpol and acts upon requests and international warrants, collects and submits required data and information. The Group uses specific databases (ASF database), establishes internal and external cooperation, performs duties related to domestic warrants, wanted notices and tracing wanted individuals and objects, and keeps proper records. Also, the Section performs typing and operator tasks, organizes deposits and updates archive material of the Department, and performs other tasks in accordance with the law.