In response to the growing concerns regarding the rise of crime in the Twin Cities and in Greater Minnesota; Governor Dayton, with the approval of the Minnesota State Congress, created a division of the State Patrol to coordinate all investigative activities of all local municipalities. This Division is referred to the Major Case Squad. The current Chief of Detectives is Lt. Jack Vincent.
The Major Case Squad can exercise its purview, at the discretion of the Chief of Detectives, the following types of cases:
Burglary or attempted burglary of a bank or bank safe
Burglary of a truck contents over $100,000
Drug Crimes, with drug paraphernalia valuing over $100,000
Gang Crimes, involving either murder, property damage over $100,000, contents over $100,000, or Mob Related
Larceny by extortion, or attempted larceny by extortion, from a bank
Larceny of truck contents over $100,000
Murder, focused more on serial murders or mass slayings
Robbery, or attempted robbery, of a bank by an armed perpetrator
All Robberies in warehouse depots, or similar locations, where the objects of the crime is a truck or its contents
Robbery of truck and contents by hijacking
The Major Case Squad also has a special unit that handles cases of a more delicate or obscure nature, the “Black Cat Cases.” Currently the unit consists of Detectives Aleksander Erikson and Jack Hunter who have the thankless task of writing up some sort of fiction to satisfy the powers that be and the insurance adjustors. While the rest of Major Case is seen as a move up in a police detective’s career, this unit is more of a dead end.