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The Grimsborough Police Department acts as the primary law enforcement agency in the city of Grimsborough, making its appearance in the first and fifth seasons of Criminal Case.

Objectives

The Grimsborough PD investigates murders in the city of Grimsborough, searching crime scenes for clues, interviewing witnesses and suspects, and carefully analyzing evidence in order to progress. After gaining all the criteria, the force is able to apprehend the actual killer behind the murder and put them behind bars.

Key personnel

Fifteen people, including the player character, have acted as key members of the Grimsborough PD over the course of the game, with each of them assigned a particular job:

Personnel Age Position Duties Status
Samuel King 75 Chief of Police Reads and reviews case files, issuing orders, giving out new leads whenever necessary, overseeing all police operations, ensuring cops are bringing justice to the city. Deceased
Diane Parker 47 Active
Player N/A Homicide Detective Performs homicide investigations, in charge of formal murder investigations, brings killers to justice by all means necessary. Resigned
David Jones 38 Inspector (formerly) / Senior Detective Works with the player as partners to solve homicide investigations. Active
Gloria Hayes 41 Police Detective Active
Nathan Pandit 37 Chief Medical Examiner Autopsies bodies of various murder victims and issues new leads whenever possible. Deceased
Martine Meunier 29 Resigned
Grace Delaney 35 Lab Chief Handles and analyzes all physical, biological, and clinical evidence to help homicide investigators incriminate the killer's identity, and sometimes discovers the murder weapon. Also qualified to handle anatomic forensics. Resigned
Rupert Winchester 61 Deceased
Amir Devani 25 Active
Alex Turner 29 Tech Expert Handles digital and technical evidence to help homicide detectives incriminate the killer's identity. Also issues new leads whenever possible. Resigned
Cathy Turner 28 Active
Gabriel Herrera 36 Profiler Analyzes objects and/or clues that cannot be analyzed by digital, physical, clinical, anatomic or technical forensics, but instead, through psychological analysis. Active
Rita Estevez 32 Field Expert Assists detectives arrest notorious criminals by gaining outside information and/or using violent measures; performs analysis on weapons. Deceased
Eduardo Ramirez 46 Field Officer (formerly) / Consultant Analyzes handwritings, messages, and photographs that do not require digital, physical, clinical, anatomic, technical or psychological analysis.
Formerly kept an eye on the suspects, issued new leads if found, and sometimes issued new suspect attributes when needed.
Active
Amir Devani 25 Lab Assistant (formerly) Assists Rupert in handling and analyzing physical, biological, and clinical evidence to help homicide investigators incriminate the killer's identity. Also takes care of physical, biological, and clinical analyses when assigned to do so by Rupert. Promoted

Other personnel

Additionally, a few characters have been introduced as members of the police, but do not play as large a role. These characters include:

Personnel Age Position Duties Status
Harry Landry 35 Detective Performs homicide investigations simultaneously with the player's team. Incarcerated
Ed Dunkin Unknown Deceased
Mia Loukas 24 Beat cop Patrols the city to apprehend minor criminals, appease small riots, and to find clues and crime scenes that may be of interest to the detectives. Deceased
Tim Cooper 51 Incarcerated
Officer Jeffords Unknown Alive
Unnamed Unknown Alive

Notable events of Criminal Case

Season 1

Main article: Grimsborough

A new beginning

The player made their debut in solving a murder at the entrance of town. Whilst investigating, the player met the most of the team members, the last of them being Ramirez, who met the player during Jennifer Carter's murder. Across the Industrial Area, the team was able to minimize the Vipers-Skulls gang feud which culminated in the murder of Vipers leader Salvador Cordero. Mayor Howard Johnson thus promoted the team to the Financial Center, where, after solving a string of murders, the team was re-promoted to the Historical Center.

Unmasking a serial killer

After securing the annual Dog Pageant by arresting its contestant Margaret Littlewood for poisoning the other contestants' dogs (with Jones being poisoned as well), the team was re-promoted to the University. There, the team would investigate a serial killer, "The Rorschach Reaper", who was known to hypnotize three people to commit murders. The investigation of the serial killer peaked during the University Prom Ball, in which prom queen Madison Springer was murdered. The team would unmask student Tess Goodwin as the killer and by extension, the Rorschach Reaper — all orchestrated to hypnotize Jones into killing the player. As Jones pointed his gun to the player while hypnotized, Ramirez hit him to wake him up, allowing the player to arrest her. As such, the Mayor promoted the team once again to Maple Heights.

Meanwhile, Chief King's granddaughter, Cathy (under the alias "The @rtist"), started assisting the team in their investigations, much to his disapproval.

Chief King's betrayal and bringing down the Crimson Order

During the mayoral election day, they found Chief King guilty for the murder of socialite Adam Bentley. Unfortunately, he committed suicide before the team could ask him about his motive. After attending his funeral, Stuart Huckabee, the Chief's old friend, asked the team to go to the natural harbor to "dig the truth" behind the murders happening in the city, only to be found murdered hours later. Throughout his murder investigation, the team found out the existence of The Crimson Order, a secret society "controlling" the whole city with murdering those who revealed their secrets, including Stuart. To the team's shock, they found out that King was a member of the Crimson Order since he erased all his investigations on the society.

After solving a murder at the Aloki settlement (with Ramirez being held captive by Keanu Ashokan), the team found out that King was involved in the arson carried out ten years ago by the Crimson Order at the settlement since he never reported of the loss of his knife used in the arson. The team hypothesized that the Crimson Order had done it to prevent the Aloki Indian from getting more land, explaining why King denied filing the Aloki's complaint.

The team would investigate two murders committed by the Crimson Order. Afterward, the team discovered that King was actually manipulated to act for the Crimson Order and that on the day he wanted to quit the Crimson Order, the society committed the murder of his wife, Donna. Afraid that Cathy would be killed just like her grandmother was, King would do anything to protect her. Furthermore, he knew that once the player arrested him for killing Adam, the Crimson Order would kill Cathy before killing him if he talked about them. This explained why King committed suicide without telling the team his motive: to protect Cathy.

Their investigation culminated in Aloki Indian Delsin Peota being scalped to death, with the words carved in his chest indicating that the player was next in line. Throughout the investigation, they infiltrated the Crimson Order's illicit gold mine, where they found Adam's execution order issued by Serena Johnson commanding King to kill Adam for discovering their gold mine. After arresting Serena for her involvement in the Crimson Order, they found out that Cathy had broken into the gold mine, not to mention they also found her hair traces on Delsin's scalp. To Alex's horror, the team arrested her for her possible involvement in the society.

In the end, prison warden Milton Grimmes was exposed as Delsin's killer and by extension, the leader of the Crimson Order. Milton detailed how his ancestor, Solomon Grimmes, married Aloki Indian Inaya to organize a feast to gather all the Aloki Indians under one roof and kill them all in order to gain control over the gold mine. After Ramirez hit Milton, who was attempting to murder the player, the team handcuffed him, failing him to bring the player's head during their ceremony that night. The team would infiltrate the ceremony, arresting Alden Greene and Howard Johnson for their involvement in the Crimson Order, not to mention the society had ordered Alden to kill Rachel Priest. Cathy was eventually released from prison due to her innocence.

A few days after the arrest, Jones and the player proved that the gold mine was originally owned by the Aloki Indian, finally vindicating the tribe. With peace restored in the city, the player accepted a position in the Pacific Bay Police Department, but not before the team (including Cathy) held a farewell party for the player.

Season 5

Main article: The Conspiracy

The homecoming of the player

Five years following the player's departure, they returned to Grimsborough, where a satellite had crashed into the city a year before. Shortly after investigating the murder of Jennifer Tanaka, the player reunited with Jones and Cathy with her now-husband, Alex (now a stay-at-home father), before ending up solving the murder of their old colleague, Nathan (now a veterinarian). During this investigation, the player met all the members of the police, including Ramirez, who recently returned to Grimsborough. Later, Jones hosted a house party for welcoming the player back.

The team would learn about a serial killer targeting the parents of the Fairview High School students, who had a fight with their children, with an amlodipine-infused energy drink as the weapon. With Gloria being kidnapped by the serial killer in the process (even involving Gloria herself in the investigation into the murder of a parent targeted by the serial killer), the team would arrest the high school's principal, Rosamund Wilcox, for the murder and for being the serial killer.

Investigating DreamLife

During the aftermath of an earthquake that struck the city, the team looked for the disappearance of Zoe Kusama, a social worker and Jones' girlfriend. After solving the murder of suspicious artist Meera Kat, the team found an amnesiac Zoe, who somehow recognized the now-released Tony Marconi. To learn about his connections to her missing, the team went to the Greens, where he was running Hawk Eye Security, a company hired to guard the satellite crash site by its owner, tech company DreamLife. After stopping DreamLife's virtual reality game that Rupert became addicted to (even getting himself to be suspected for the murder of the VR hostess Juniper), they learned that a religious cult called The Higher Truth was making anonymous donations to DreamLife.

The team would bring down the aforementioned cult, with Gabriel's infiltration into the cult (even getting himself into the murder investigation of the cult leader Steven Crowe), in Old Town, where the long-lost city of Xerda was excavated. After learning that DreamLife's dome was hiding a meteorite instead, the team was transferred to the Maple Heights to trap the resurfacing deadly fish that had infested the district's floodwater and to investigate who had made the fish resurface. Throughout these investigations, the team had prepared for their infiltration into the dome, with Rupert impersonating Mortimer Pickering, a geologist DreamLife employed to work under the dome. Meanwhile, they also came across Officer Mia Loukas, who would help them in their various investigations.

Three days after, a murder under the dome (in which Rupert was suspected for) warranted the team to enter the dome. Upon closing the case, Rupert was murdered by therapist Catherine Kelly due to his real identity being exposed. The night after attending his funeral, the team infiltrated the meteorite lab with an accessing card stolen by Rupert, only to find DreamLife CEO Rozetta Pierre accusing Jones of the murder of head security Barb Bellamy in the lab. Upon proving Jones' innocence, the team learned that the meteorite was made of the previously theoretical element Berzelium, which had two opposing effects: enhancement and suppression of an organism's immune responses. Afterward, Amir was promoted to Lab Chief.

The team later found Zoe guilty for the murder of Ernesto Vega, a scientist responsible for her kidnapping, much to Jones' horror. Zoe remembered that she and the people she was searching for when she was a social worker were human experimentation subjects, with everyone but her eventually dying. With the papers she took while escaping from the dome, the team learned that DreamLife was synthesizing a drug called Protozane out of Berzelium. In the human experimentation lab, they found intern Rosie Summers manipulated into killing botanist Wendy Stokes under the Protozane's influence, leading the team to discover that the drug rendered subjects completely docile and willing to manipulation, caused Zoe's amnesia and the death of the other test subjects, and had no antidote. Meanwhile, the team also learned that DreamLife's experiments on the meteorite caused the city earthquake.

With Judge Powell's warrant to shut down DreamLife, the team arrested Rozetta and later, amidst the murder investigation of Tony Marconi (in which Jones was filed as a suspect after attempting to investigate the murder alone), head geologist Philip Hoover for authorizing the Protozane shipment to Fornax — an empty warehouse, meaning that the Protozane had not been sent. Rozetta then admitted that she had got Marconi out of jail and blackmailed him with his son Emilio Fuller, to hire some ex-convicts (including Keith Vaughan) to dispose of the bodies of their dead test subjects. After incriminating the killer to Emilio (with Amir getting injected with Protozane to allow Philip to escape and the team learning that Zoe remembered Marconi due to him being in charge of the disposal of the bodies), Amir snapped out of the Protozane's effects. Afterward, the team helped Mayor Joe Warren transfer of control over their facility to Space and Aeronautics Research Agency (S.A.R.A.).

Unmasking Ad Astra

The team resolved to investigate Rozetta's alma mater, Grimsborough University, where they found her and her fellow students had formed Ad Astra, a secret society whose philosophy was ruling over the "sheeple". With the team learning that the group was resurrected after having been disbanded when Rozetta went after DreamLife, the team ultimately found Ad Astra's former associate and philosophy professor Kevin Charles murdered. After arresting all five members of the new Ad Astra for committing the murder together under the instruction of Rozetta to protect the original Ad Astra's identities, the team discovered that original Ad Astran nicknamed "Fornax" (where the Protozane had been loaded) was in Spring Fields.

There, the team learned that Fornax had orchestrated the cornfield arson to trigger the corn shortage so that the Protozane-infused corn could be spread. The team then exposed AgriMeadows CEO Julia Brine as Fornax, whose company had been massively injected by another Ad Astran, the ex-convict venture capitalist Christian Bateman. Later outside the precinct, an explosion occurred, resulting in Mia unfortunately killed in the player's car. When the team arrested Brock Perry for the murder, he admitted that he was hired to kill the player, but unbeknownst to him, Mia was occasionally borrowing the car and was thus blown up instead. After discovering that Ad Astra had "Plan Supernova" which involved the meteorite, the team proved that Mayor Warren was behind the murder, proving his affiliation with Ad Astra. After concluding that the dome's approval and Bateman's release were done under his political supervision, the team attended Mia's funeral.

During the city-wide blackout, the team discovered that hired muscle Felix Murray was paid to do the blackout to unsend the message reading: "Abt. Supernova. Human enhancement. Wrong way! Find me ASAP". After knowing that DreamLife was planning to create a superhuman serum out of Berzelium that could make its user survive anything, the team decided to ask Protozane test subject, Zoe, only to find her murdered. After arresting CCN journalist Louis Leroux for the murder, the team learned that Leroux had hidden a camera inside Zoe's room that caught the moment when her teacup started levitating, causing Martine to re-autopsy Zoe's body. She confirmed Zoe's exposure to the superhuman serum, although (per astrophysicist and Amir's boyfriend Jasper Everett) her telekinesis power was a side effect of the drug. Meanwhile, the team also prevented Jones from committing suicide due to his coping with Zoe's death.

The team later uncovered Leroux as the fifth and final member of the original Ad Astra, concluding that Leroux had convinced the public that the fallen object was a satellite and had asked the team to find Zoe so he could kill her. After confirming that it was Leroux who had sent the aforementioned message to Ad Astra, he was found murdered in his cell. The team arrested Shweta Noorani, who killed Leroux on orders from Ad Astra's "puppeteer", for the murder, realizing that the puppeteer was the mastermind behind the blackout. After Rozetta and Julia had escaped from the prison with the help of Bateman and Warren, the team went to confront the four remaining Ad Astrans, who had taken the superhuman serum beforehand. During the confrontation, Julia was seen holding Gloria's ex-husband and son, Jake and Carter Hayes respectively, hostage with her poison gas. After Warren made their guns and shields float away, Rozetta shot them with her conjured electricity, demanding the team leave.

Discovering Ad Astra's origins and fighting against the neohuman army

The team headed to Newmark to rescue Jake and Carter, only to find Jake shot dead and Carter missing. Despite Gloria's hysteric, the team eventually rescued Carter with the team arresting three accomplices to the kidnapping. The team later learned that S.A.R.A. head Denise Daniels was surprisingly Rozetta's mother and the puppeteer and that Rozetta was Denise's first experiment to enhance the human race, which Denise considered as a failure. Afterward, the team discovered that Denise had fled to avoid arrest.

The team subsequently rushed to Bateman's getaway helicopter to stop his escape, only to find him murdered. After arresting Julia and Warren after finding their hideouts, the team uncovered the killer as Warren. Soon after, the team discovered that it was Denise who had asked Rozetta to build the dome and research the meteorite and that the serum was Denise's idea. After gaining control of the dome, Denise believed that Ad Astra was now useless, thus keeping the serum from them. The team then learned that Leroux had discovered Denise's secret lab, from which he then stole the serum, which Ad Astra was forced to take to have a fighting chance against Denise in spite of the serum slowly killing them.

In the secret lab, the team discovered that Denise and the late Dr. Henry Liu were growing the neohumans — the ultra-resilient and unkillable green-haired humanoid creatures — in the superhuman serum with Denise's own mutated DNA. After learning that Denise was planning to cause a mega-earthquake to kill everyone but the neohumans, the team later set to the meteorite facility, where an explosion exposed the meteorite core. With Denise sending the team a bomb mid-investigation, they solved a murder at the facility. After the team stopped the reaction to cause the mega-earthquake which involved the meteorite core and the three remaining Ad Astrans offered to help the team defeat Denise with their superpowers, the team then went to the dome to watch the Ad Astrans confronting Denise and her neohumans. Denise then killed Rozetta before leaving the neohumans to set off a grenade to kill Julia and Warren, causing an explosion at the dome.

After the explosion, the team found Julia dead and Warren missing. With the neohumans rampaging all over the city, the team started evacuating of the city's residents. The team eventually found Denise dead, with a message implying that the killer had taken control over her army. During the investigation, the team flagged Chief Parker as a suspect due to her presence at the crime scene. Soon after, the neohumans raided the station, forcing the team to move to an abandoned precinct. They then found Warren weak but alive before Jones and the player were caught in an explosion caused by a short circuit or gas leak. Despite Jones was in critical condition, the team incriminated Denise's assistant, Otto Kessel, as the killer, who, to their amazement, said that the neohumans welcomed him as their new leader as he himself was a neohuman before escaping due to his invincibility.

Upon the confrontation, Amir was able to amplify the serum's effects on one person to make them even more powerful than the neohumans, but however, whoever took it would experience an incredible burst of power for roughly an hour before dying. He then said that Warren had volunteered to take the serum, but unfortunately, he succumbed to the effects of the serum and the explosion and died, forcing the team into a dilemma. Meanwhile, the team also generated and broadcasted the message of Otto urging the neohumans to gather atop the hill. After Jones reunited with the team (albeit with one less eye), Rita volunteered to take the superhuman serum, saying that she was the best candidate to take it given her physical condition and military training, much to the team's sorrow. The team then executed their plan, with Rita and the player confronting Otto and the neohumans. Amidst the battle, Rita felt her powers overloading and thus, her overloaded powers caused an explosion, killing her as well as all the neohumans.

Two weeks after the battle, the city was in the middle of its restoration: the citizens had returned to the city, mayoral elections had been scheduled, S.A.R.A. was helping the city clear the former dome site, while Denise's successor, Christine Ramsgate, had been trying to restore the public's faith in S.A.R.A. The team then headed to Rita's memorial ceremony, where Chief Parker honored Rita's sacrifice and announced that a memorial would be erected at the former dome site to commemorate Rita.

Five months after, the team recounted how far they had come since the player's re-arrival in the city: a still-grieving Martine was slowly recovering; Cathy and Alex were expecting their second child. The team then went to Amir and Jasper's wedding, officiated by Ramirez.

Notable arrests

Trivia

  • The Grimsborough PD is the only organization to act as the primary law enforcement agency in two seasons.
  • References to Grimsborough PD members can be found during the events of several cases in Pacific Bay, World Edition, and Mysteries of the Past. For instance:
    • In the "Ice Cream Kiosk" crime scene in Shark Attack!, you can spot "Jones" written on the star embedded in the sidewalk.
    • In the "Plaza Stairs" crime scene in Dead Girl Rolling, you can find a tree trunk with Jones' name carved on top of a heart symbol.
    • In The Ice Queen:
      • The "Beach" crime scene has a seaplane with a "We miss you Jones" banner.
      • The "Gift Shop" crime scene has a US postal stamp with Chief King's face on it.
    • Ramirez-Notebook

      Ramirez's notebook, as seen in Spineless.

      After the player recovers Ramirez's notebook for him during the Additional Investigation of Spineless, a drawing of Jones eating cookies can be seen on the bottom of the page at the right-hand side.
    • In the "Looted Station" crime scene in Of Rats and Men, a portrait of Jones can be spotted.
    • In Uncivil Rights, Jones can be found on the television screen in the "Mayors Office" crime scene.
    • In In Plain Sight, there is a picture of Jones pinned to the board on the wall in the "Break Room" and "Coffee Table" crime scenes.

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Notes

  1. Ash is originally arrested but is later released due to unknown reasons.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Originally detained but later cleared of all charges after proven innocent of the murder.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Manages to resist arrest by committing suicide.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 All charges are later dropped.
  5. Philip escapes custody but is almost immediately apprehended once more.
  6. Otto resists arrest by threatening to kill the team but is killed during a confrontation soon after.

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