The primary mission of the CBI is to meet the statutory responsibility to respond to requests from Sheriffs, Police Chiefs, District Attorneys, other state agencies, and the Governor on a 24-hour, 7 day-per-week basis to assist in the detection, investigation, and enforcement of Colorado criminal laws. Also, the CBI has the authority to conduct criminal investigations relating to violations of the “Colorado Organized Crime Control Act” that transcend jurisdictional bounds.  


The Investigations Section provides for a full range of criminal investigative assistance, including but not limited to: 

  • Homicide
  • Officer-Involved Shootings
  • Sexual Assault
  • Critical Incidents
  • Missing Persons
  • Designated Alerts (Amber, Senior, Blue, and Developmentally Disabled)
  • Public Corruption
  • Organized Crime
  • Fugitive Operations
  • Fraud/Identity Theft/Cyber Crime Investigations
  • Cold Case Investigations
  • Human Trafficking Operations
  • Narcotics
  • Designated Alerts

CBI's Statutory Authority

In accordance with CRS §24-33.5-412, the CBI has the following, but not limited to, statutory authority: 

  • To assist a local law enforcement authority or a state agency in the investigation and detection of crime and in the enforcement of the criminal laws of the state when assistance is requested by any sheriff, chief of police, district attorney, head of a state agency, or chief law enforcement officer and with the approval of the director. 
  • To investigate suspected criminal activity when directed to do so by the governor.
  • To locate and apprehend persons who are fugitives from the law.  
  • To conduct criminal investigations relating to cybercrime violations pursuant to section 18-5.5-102, when violations are reported or investigations requested by law enforcement officials or the governor or when violations are discovered by the bureau. All investigations conducted by the bureau must be in cooperation and coordination with local, state, or federal law enforcement authorities, subject to the provisions of section 24.33.5-410.
  • The CBI is charged with the responsibility to investigate organized crime, which cuts across jurisdictional boundaries of local law enforcement agencies, subject to the provisions of section 24.33.5-410.