Bureau of Criminal Investigation
Although uniformed troopers may completely investigate misdemeanor cases such as assault, larceny and criminal mischief, cases requiring extensive investigation or involving felonies are referred to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).
Established in 1935, the BCI is the plainclothes detective branch of the New York State Police, with over 1,000 investigative personnel in its ranks.
BCI investigators work to solve:
- Felony crimes
- Violent and serial crimes
- Child abuse
- Sexual exploitation
- Computer and technology-related crime
- Bias-related crimes
- Auto theft
- Consumer product tampering
- Organized crime
In addition to conducting investigations initiated by the NYSP, BCI investigators regularly assist local and county law enforcement agencies that lack the investigative resources needed for major crime investigations.