Specialized Crimes

The Specialized Crime Section is a covert investigative unit comprised of the Intelligence Unit and the Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration Unit (SOAR). The investigators assigned to these various units are highly trained and motivated, each possessing a broad background in criminal investigative experience.

Intelligence Unit Specialization

The Intelligence Unit specializes in:

  • Assimilation and Dissemination
  • Dangerous Individuals
  • Extremists Groups
  • Homeland Defense Issues
  • Information Gathering
  • Surveillance
  • Vice Investigations

Sex Offender Apprehension & Registration Unit Specialization

The SOAR Unit specializes in sex offender registration law. Investigators are responsible for registering and monitoring all registered sex offenders that reside in the City of Garland. Investigators conduct compliance investigations (which include inspections of the offenders’ homes), surveillance, and sex offender registrations. When violations are discovered, this unit aggressively pursues criminal prosecution. 

Registered Sex Offenders

To further keep the citizens of Garland informed,  the Garland Police Department provides a link to the Texas Department of Public Safety's interactive Sex Offender Map.

The information contained on the DPS’s map may not be the most current and the information on the map may not reflect the current residences or statuses of the registered sex offenders. 

For any questions regarding Sex Offender registration please contact the Garland Police Sex Offender Registration Unit at 972-205-2892 or via email at gpdrso@garlandtx.gov.


Anonymous complaints regarding Homeland Defense, Organized Crime, Gambling, and Prostitution can be reported by calling 972-205-2892.