Felony criminal investigations are the cornerstone of the NCIS mission. NCIS is the investigative entity within the Department of the Navy (DON) responsible for major criminal investigations involving Navy and USMC equities, service members, and affiliated civilian personnel. NCIS civilian Special Agents have the authority to investigate criminal acts in accordance with both the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and established criminal laws under the United States Code (USC) when there is a DON nexus.
NCIS Special Agents initiate and lead criminal investigations when the punishment for the offense is confinement of more than one year in prison; routinely investigating the crimes of homicide, rape, sexual assault, child physical and sexual abuse, burglary and robbery, larceny of government and personal property, and aggravated assault. NCIS also investigates any non-combat death involving a Navy or USMC service member.
Throughout their careers, Special Agents are afforded the opportunity to work criminal investigations in offices located worldwide, in forward deployed environments, and with local, state, federal and international law enforcement partners.
The NCIS Family and Sexual Violence (F&SV) Program originated in 1996 as a Domestic Violence Unit (DVU) in Norfolk, VA. The program later evolved to encompass child physical abuse, child sexual abuse, and adult sexual assault investigations with F&SV dedicated special agents in NCIS field offices worldwide. The F&SV program's primary goal is to prevent and reduce sexual and domestic violence within the Department of the Navy.
Dedicated special agents in NCIS field offices worldwide initiate investigations and operations in cases of:
According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, five percent of the yearly budget of the Department of the Navy is lost each year to procurement fraud—this figure equates to approximately $7.75 billion lost in FY17 alone.
DON relies on its contractors, shipyards, and repair maintenance depots located around the world to execute its mission. Whether for aircraft or ship construction and repair, component part and assembly manufacturing, or professional services, contracts must be awarded and performed year-round to support DON warfighting efforts. Upholding the integrity of this acquisition process remains critical.
Consistent with the NCIS mission to protect the Navy and Marine Corps, the NCIS Economic Crimes Department works to safeguard Department of Navy acquisition programs that enhance fleet readiness and respond to allegations of corruption, financial fraud, and illegal product substitution.
Types of Economic Crimes Investigated by NCIS: