Criminal Enforcement Division

The Criminal Enforcement Division (CED) provides investigative services, both overt and covert, to support the Department's mission of achieving public safety by improving the quality of life for the citizens of Maryland.

CED criminal investigative activities involve an array of dedicated and special sections, units, task forces and teams that effectively investigate and solve all facets of crime throughout the state of Maryland and provide direct support and resources to allied agencies when their investigations are both linked to and impacted by crime in other jurisdictions. CED regional drug investigation Troopers routinely collaborate with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to achieve an effective and coordinated drug enforcement strategy. Building relationships with key partners facilitates the exchange of intelligence, avoids duplication of enforcement services and eliminates potential operational conflicts between agencies. Drug enforcement troopers are assigned to multi-jurisdictional drug task forces, investigative support units, drug interdiction units and federal drug initiatives.

​Specific CED specialized units and drug enforcement efforts include:​

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collapse Unit : Asset Forfeiture Unit ‎(1)
Asset Forfeiture Unit

​Conduct statewide financial investigations for all MDSP barracks and MDSP units that involve asset seizures (currency, real estate, vehicles and real property) arising out of violations of Maryland’s drug and gambling laws.

Sergeant Phillip A. Martin

(410) 953-8200
collapse Unit : Auto Theft Unit ‎(1)
Auto Theft Unit

Comprised of two regional task forces: the Baltimore Regional Auto Theft Team (R.A.T.T.) and the Washington Area Vehicle Enforcement team (W.A.V.E.). Serve as a multi-jurisdictional unit (task force) to augment already existing local auto theft units in primarily the Baltimore and Washington Metropolitan area. Unit mission encompasses the investigating of motor vehicle theft trends, exportation and/or trafficking of stolen vehicles, illegal chop shops, vehicle insurance fraud, selling of stolen vehicles to scrap yards, and related crimes which occur in those metropolitan areas and on occasion move to bordering jurisdictions and/or outlining states.

First Sgt. John Vanhoy
collapse Unit : Child Recovery Unit ‎(1)
Child Recovery Unit

MissionStatement: Provides investigative support for the Maryland Center for Missing and Unidentified Persons (MCMUP) and coordinates Maryland’s AMBER and Silver Alert systems.  The primary focus of the Child Recovery Unit is human trafficking/child prostitution investigations.  The Unit is a member of the FBI’s Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force, which is comprised of several Maryland law enforcement agencies focused on missing and abducted children and child prostitution/human trafficking.

​Sgt. Deborah Flory
Child Recovery Unit

collapse Unit : Computer Crimes Unit ‎(1)
Computer Crimes Unit

Computer Crimes Section

​Conducts thorough investigations into criminal activity facilitated through the use of computers, the Internet, and other areas of high technology, with a focus on the technology-facilitated exploitation of children and provides technical and investigative assistance to other MSP units and allied agencies. Increase Maryland’s law enforcement capacity to investigate crimes against children by providing specialized training in investigative techniques. Educate the general public on current issues relating to Internet safety.

Digital Forensics Laboratory

The DFL serves the digital forensic needs of the Department of Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) and all MSP installations, as well as Federal, State, and Local agencies upon request.  The DFL conducts impartial and objective analyses of digital evidence using the best available tools and procedures, with examiners available to provide expert testimony when needed.  Additionally, the DFL provides training and technical assistance to prosecutors and law enforcement investigators concerning the seizure, storage, and analysis of digital evidence.

Computer Crimes Unit

​Lieutenant Matthew W. Kail
(410) 953-8200

Computer Foren​sics Lab
Detective Sergeant Kerry Duncan
Manager – Computer Forensics Laboratory
(410) 953-8200
(410) 953-8269 (Facsimile)

collapse Unit : County-Specific Drug Task Forces ‎(1)
County-Specific Drug Task Forces

​Mission Statement: Target mid to upper level drug trafficking organizations operating throughout Maryland. Provide investigative assistance in the area of drug and vice investigations to MSP barracks and allied police departments.

In partnership with allied law enforcement agencies across the State, the Maryland State Police maintains drug-investigation task forces throughout the State of Maryland.  Through these partnerships we combine resources and manpower to combat drug issues that resonate in the State of Maryland.

To provide tips or information, please contact your local Drug Task Force




(301) 759-4660


(410) 586-0347


(410) 820-4222


(410) 386-3100


(443) 350-9125


(301) 609-5890


(410) 228-0017


(301) 600-7180


(301) 387-9566


(410) 638-4425


(410) 778-3744

Metro Area

(301) 486-7518

Queen Anne’s

(410) 758-8477


(410) 651-0066

St. Mary’s

(301) 862-9480


(410) 820-8940


(410) 579-5058


(410) 548-4005


(410) 632-2076​

collapse Unit : Gang Enforcement Unit ‎(1)
Gang Enforcement Unit

Mission Statement: Work in an overt or covert capacity with Federal, State and Local law enforcement partners to identify, infiltrate and dismantle criminal gangs within the State of Maryland. Gang Enforcement Unit personnel utilize multiple proactive and creative intelligence gathering and enforcement methods to disrupt violent gang activity while working in partnership with allied law enforcement departments, parole and probation agencies, corrections and the community.


CRIMINAL GANG: a group or association of three or more persons whose members do the following: individually or collectively engage in a pattern of criminal gang activity; have as one of their primary objectives or activities the commission of one or more underlying crimes, including acts by juveniles that would be underlying crimes if committed by adults; and have in common an overt or covert organizational or command structure.

PATTERN OF CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY: the commission of, attempted commission of, conspiracy to commit, or solicitation of two or more underlying crimes or acts by a juvenile that would be an underlying crime if committed by an adult, provided the crimes or acts were not part of the same incident.

UNDERLYING CRIME: constitute the following:

   (1) a crime of violence as defined under § 14-101 of the Criminal Law Article;

   (2) a violation of § 3-203 (second-degree assault), § 4-203 (wearing, carrying, or transporting a handgun), § 9-302 (inducing false testimony or avoidance of subpoena), § 9-303 (retaliation for testimony), § 9-305 (intimidating or corrupting juror), § 11-303 (human trafficking), § 11-304 (receiving earnings of prostitute), or § 11-306 (a)(2), (3), or (4) (house of prostitution) of this article;

   (3) a felony violation of § 3-701 (extortion), § 4-503 (manufacture or possession of destructive device), § 5-602 (distribution of CDS), § 5-603 (manufacturing CDS or equipment), § 6-103 (second degree arson), § 6-202 (first degree burglary), § 6-203 (second degree burglary), § 6-204 (third degree burglary), § 7-104 (theft), or § 7-105 (unauthorized use of a motor vehicle) of this article; or

   (4) a felony violation of § 5-133 of the Public Safety Article.


Detective Sergeant Glen Peterson
(410) 953-8220

collapse Unit : Gun Enforcement Unit / Maryland Gun Center ‎(1)
Gun Enforcement Unit / Maryland Gun Center

Mission Statement: Reduce gun violence statewide. Maryland Gun Center will serve as a 24/7 statewide firearms enforcement center, making available the screening/vetting of every gun case in Maryland to ensure that offenders are systematically held accountable for the crimes and that any necessary follow-up is addressed in a consistent and disciplined manner.

​Lieutenant Keith Runk

Sergeant Frank Lopez
(410) 953-8200

collapse Unit : Homicide Unit ‎(1)
Homicide Unit

​Mission Statement: Vigorously investigate homicides, police involved shootings and serious criminal internal investigations in order to bring them to a successful prosecution, thus impacting violent crime rates across Maryland.

Cold Case Homicide Unit

Mission Statement: Evaluate, investigate and solve unsolved murders for the MSP and allied departments.

Cold Cases

Lieutenant Scott Cook

(410) 749-3101

Sergeant Dave Sexton

Cold Case Unit​

collapse Unit : Marijuana Eradication Unit ‎(1)
Marijuana Eradication Unit

Mission Statement: Focus statewide investigative efforts on the indoor and outdoor manufacturing of marijuana. Provide training to MSP and allied personnel in marijuana eradication investigations.

Sergeant Doug Todd
(410) 953-8251​

collapse Unit : Maryland Attorney General's Office ‎(1)
Maryland Attorney General's Office

​Mission Statement: Provides law enforcement investigative and tactical support for various offices encompassing the Attorney General’s Criminal Division. Works in partnership with the dozens of civilian investigators, auditors, and attorneys within the Attorney General’s Criminal Division and various State agencies and performs as a liaison between Attorney General’s Office, MSP and other Federal and local law enforcement agencies.


Cpl. Sha S. Brown
200 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-576-6394 (office)

collapse Unit : Missing Persons ‎(1)
Missing Persons

Who We Are

The Maryland Center for Missing and Unidentified Persons (MCMUP) was established by Maryland Family Law (§9-401 through §9-403) in 1985 as the state's clearinghouse for missing persons information, and is a unit within the Maryland State Police, Technical Investigation Section, which also consists of the Missing Child Recovery Unit, Computer Crimes Unit, and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Our division was formerly titled the Maryland Center for Missing Children (MCMC), but changed our name to more accurately represent our mission. As always, we look forward to serving the public and assisting allied police agencies.

Maryland's Missing Children Statistics

On average 13,500 children are reported as missing each year in Maryland.

Approximately 12,000 are located.

The majority of juveniles that are reported missing are females (57%) between the ages of 12 and 17 (98.0%) and are more likely to have runaway.

On any given day there are approximately 1,500-2,000 open cases across the State of Maryland.

** 74% of children that are abducted by non-family members are murdered within the first 3 hours of being abducted and only 1% survive 24 hours.



NCMEC – The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

NRS – National Runaway Safeline
1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)​

NamUS– National Missing and Unidentified Persons System

Netsmartz – Helping Children Stay Safer Online

1201 Reisterstown Rd. Pikesville, MD, 21208
Phone: 1-(800)-637-5437
Fax: (410)-290-1831

Carla T. Proudfoot, Director

Joseph M. Miller, Case Manager

Urgent Contact Information:

The Center’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Recorded line after hours for messages. Staff is on call 24 hours a day by contacting the Maryland State Police, Headquarters Duty Officer at 410-653-4200.

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collapse Unit : Polygraph Unit ‎(1)
Polygraph Unit

Mission Statement: Support the Department’s mission by coordinating and providing polygraph and related investigative services to Maryland State Police personnel and to allied law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. This includes pre-employment polygraph testing of police and civilian applicants, criminal investigative polygraph testing, administrative internal polygraph testing to police and correctional officers, and post-conviction sex offender polygraph testing.


Mr. Gary Bachtell
(410) 486-3101

collapse Unit : Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement Unit (P.A.C.E.) ‎(1)
Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement Unit (P.A.C.E.)

Mission Statement: Conduct the complete traffic stop through aggressive traffic enforcement to identify and interdict criminal enterprises travelling on Maryland roadways. Provide specialized training and expertise to MSP and allied personnel in hidden compartments.

Sergeant Christopher Conner
(410) 537-1150

collapse Unit : State Apprehension Team ‎(1)
State Apprehension Team

The Maryland State Apprehension Team Mission:

The Maryland State Apprehension Team (MSAT) provides investigative services to support the Department's mission of achieving public safety by serving outstanding felony arrest warrants originating from Maryland State Police Barracks across the state. The mission of the MSAT now includes serving felony warrants from any state, county or local law enforcement entity seeking assistance from this unique team with state-wide jurisdiction. The MSAT is divided into five regions: the Central, East, North, South, and West teams. These teams are responsible for apprehending the most violent offenders in and from the state of Maryland.​

MSAT - Central:

The Maryland State Apprehension Team-Baltimore (MSAT-Baltimore) is staffed several troopers working in conjunction with the U.S. Marshal Service, the Baltimore Sheriff’s Office, the Baltimore City Police Department and the Howard County Police Department.

MSAT-Central primarily serves Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office failure to appear and violation of probation warrants for violent offenders and referred Baltimore City warrants in instances when the suspect is believed to be outside of Baltimore. The team is also responsible for all MSP felony warrants originating in Baltimore, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties, Baltimore City and allied department’s requests for assistance in fugitive investigations for this region. MSAT-Baltimore also receives cases for violent federal fugitives wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service in Central Maryland​.


The Maryland State Apprehension Team-Salisbury (MSAT-East) is comprised of four troopers investigating cases for violent federal fugitives wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware while maintaining primary responsibility for all MSP felony warrants originating in Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties and allied department’s requests for assistance in fugitive investigations for this region.

Due to the MSAT-East having state and nationwide jurisdiction, they also serve outstanding warrants from any state, county or local law enforcement agency seeking assistance in locating fugitives believed to be in the Delmarva region. 

This team is comprised of four troopers.  In September of 2010, MSAT-East aligned with the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force (CARFTF). As a result of this re-alignment, MSAT-East now receives and investigates cases for violent federal fugitives wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware while maintaining primary responsibility for all MSP felony warrants originating in Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties and allied department’s requests for assistance in fugitive investigations for this region.


MSAT-North is comprised of three troopers and one Cecil County Sheriff’s deputy. The MSAT is responsible for serving outstanding felony arrest warrants for North East Police Department, Perryville Police Department, MSP-North East Barrack, and Rising Sun Police Department. Due to the MSAT having state and nation wide jurisdiction, with concentrated efforts in the Greater Elkton Region, they also will serve outstanding warrants from any state, county or local enforcement agency seeking assistance where the criminal offender is believed to be in Cecil County. The team is also responsible for all MSP felony warrants originating in Cecil, Kent, Harford and Queen Anne’s Counties and allied department’s requests for assistance in fugitive investigations for this region.​


The Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force (CARFTF) was formed under the United States Marshal’s Service in 2004. The Maryland State Police joined CARFTF in November of 2008 and supervises a squad within the CARFTF. This task force operates throughout the Washington, DC region and is responsible for all MSP felony warrants originating in Montgomery, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties and allied department’s requests for assistance in fugitive investigations for this region.​

MSAT – West:

The Maryland State Apprehension Team - West (MSAT-West) is comprised of troopers working alongside a deputy from Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.  MSAT-West is responsible for all MSP felony warrants originating in Carroll, Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett Counties and allied department’s requests for assistance in fugitive investigations for this region.


Cross-Border Initiative:

MSAT has collaborated with the Delaware State Police and local Delaware law enforcement agencies in an effort to further the Governor's Cross-Border Initiative to identify, track and suppress crime trends (including wanted violent offenders) on the Delmarva Peninsula.


USMS Regional Fugitive Task Force:

MSAT is hosted by the United States Marshal Service Regional Fugitive Task Force giving MSAT troopers special deputation and world-wide reach for fugitives sought by the MSP.​

MSAT Point of Contact:
Lieutenant Steve Hohner
(410) 879-2101 x321

MSAT - Safe Streets Point of Contact:
Lieutenant James DeCourcey
(410) 537-1150

MSAT - Central Point of Contact:

Sergeant Nayim Sadik
(410) 653-8936​

MSAT - East Point of Contact​

Corporal Jason Smith

(410) 430-0451​

MSAT - North Point of Contact:

Sergeant Michael Bonczewski

(443) 945-2191​

MSAT - South Point of Contact:

Detective Sergeant Tom Quade
(301) 489-1717

MSAT West Point of Contact:
Sergeant Eric Workman
(443) 629-3873​
collapse Unit : Technical Surveillance Unit ‎(1)
Technical Surveillance Unit

​Mission Statement: Provide investigative support and expert assistance in all areas of electronic surveillance to include, audio/video duplication and enhancement, video and LPR surveillance, electronic tracking, interception of wire, oral, and electronic communications, telephony investigations and technical counter surveillance measure. Maintain the Agency’s surveillance equipment, including covert surveillance vehicles, the telecommunication interception system, audio intercept equipment, video and photographic equipment. Provide technical surveillance training for departmental and allied personnel. Identify emerging technologies for law enforcement pertaining to electronic surveillance and making recommendations for equipment purchases.

Technical Surveillance Unit