Crime Branch is the specialized investigation wing of Kerala Police which investigates cases that are entrusted to it by the State Police Chief or the Government or the High Court of Kerala. They investigate sensational crimes or complicated and serious offences which have state wide ramifications or undetected.
Crime Branch is the Nodal agency for Interpol related matters in the State and conducts verifications or enquiries on behalf of Interpol. Crime Branch is headed by an officer of the rank of Additional Director General of Police.
For administrative convenience, Crime Branch in Kerala is broadly divided into three ranges under one Inspector General of Police each with their headquarters at Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode. The Crime Branch Ranges are further divided into districts headed by Crime Branch Superintendents of Police. Crime Branch investigates cases by exception. It specializes in investigation of complex organized crimes, financial frauds, economic offences with huge ramifications, undetected or sensitive crime cases, cases with inter-state ramifications, etc.
Cyber Crime Police Station of Kerala Police and the HI-Tech Cell also function under the aegis of the Crime Branch.