Army Announces First Civilian Director of U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Command

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The military hopes to improve the investigative experience and develop effective partnerships with local and regional law enforcement agencies.

WASHINGTON – The above video was posted in March 2021.

Federal law enforcement veteran Special Agent Gregory D. Ford has been selected as the first civilian director of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Command (CID), as reported by Public Affairs of the United States. US Army.

“I am honored to have been chosen for this important position,” said Ford. “I look forward to getting to work and helping lead the Army CID into the future. The military deserves nothing less than superior support for criminal investigations and I, along with the strength of the CID, will ensure that the needs are met. “

In May, the military announced it would restructure the US military’s CID and immediately implement measures to better protect and educate victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

The restructuring effort split tasks that were previously assigned to one person to focus the new civilian leadership solely on the criminal investigation process. The previous role acted both as the commanding general of the CID and the provost general of the army.

“Shift. General Donna Martin led an intensive five-month structural overhaul to create an organization with enhanced capabilities and capabilities, organized with and led by civilian and military officers, military officers and enlisted soldiers, ”the secretary said by Acting Army John Whitley, referring to the Army Provost Marshal / Commanding General CID. “We are very confident that these organizational changes respond to the recommendations of the committee related to the IADC and lead us into the future. “

The military hopes to improve the investigative experience and develop effective partnerships with local and regional law enforcement agencies by increasing the ratio of civilian criminal investigators to military special agents.

Special Agent Ford has over 20 years of local and federal law enforcement experience, including 16 years in the Navy Criminal Investigation Department, where he most recently served as Deputy Director of Operations.

“I am delighted to welcome Greg Ford to the military and look forward to seeing him lead the hard-working Army CID team as they restructure and improve their capabilities and capabilities,” said Christopher Lowman, the senior official serving as Under-Secretary. of the Army. “He brings with him a long history of federal criminal investigations as well as a deep understanding of organizational management and the dynamics of leading an organization during a time of transformation.”

Much of the restructuring and policy changes follow the demise of the CPS. Vanessa Guillen. Bills like “I Am Vanessa Guillen Act” were reintroduced and received bipartisan support. Republican and Democratic senators have come together to introduce legislation that would take control away from military commanders when it comes to deciding whether or not to prosecute cases of sexual assault and other serious crimes.

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