Serving in the Army Reserve: CID Specialist

CID Agent Frantz Souffrant talks about his role as a criminal investigator in the Army Reserve and how that role has helped him serve as a Lieutenant, and now Captain, in the NYPD.

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A CID agent is a criminal investigator for the department of the Army. We investigate felony crimes that occur on military installations, whether it’s a homicide, robbery, anything of the Army’s interest, I get called to the scene.

As a warrant officer, you have to be a subject matter expert. When a burglary occurs, I analyze the point of entry—what weapon or, uh, what item could have been used to gain entry. I look for DNA. I look for any piece of evidence that can link to the crime scene. For example, blood. We dust for fingerprints.

As a CID agent and as a Lieutenant, a lot of my skills run together. Army Reserve has taught me discipline, accuracy, precision, and has helped me a lot in my civilian life. At a crime scene, you only have one shot. You got to get it right the first time.


Battle Assembly is a weekend in which we are required to meet and train. Each Battle Assembly, what we do is we go over skills that every Soldier is required to know.

Alright, the key to collecting evidence here is we’re just going to go in and take it into sections.

We set the stage, we have a training environment, and we go step by step. We do all sorts of training. For example, tire impressions. Tire impressions are important in a crime scene.

So now, what we’ll do is, we take this to the lab. The lab is going to find out what type of vehicle passed through here.

Every crime scene that we go to is a new scene. Nothing is ever the same. Because of the training I’ve learned in Army Reserve, I’ve learned how to become very methodical. And because of that, [it] has allowed me to grow more in my civilian career. As a law enforcement officer, we’re always ahead. The Army Reserve has to be at the cutting edge.


As a Lieutenant in the New York City Police Department, I’m the one that’s Managing the scene, collecting the evidence, interviewing suspects, and assisting the detectives to further their investigation.

To secure a crime scene in the city of New York takes a lot of coordination from various agencies. Everyone has a specific task. When I respond to a scene, my cops and my Sergeant look for me for guidance. I tap into the skills that I’ve learned as a CID Agent. Sometimes there might be evidence that may be gone by the time detectives respond. I can manage and say, hey, this is… this is a piece of evidence that’s vital to the investigation.

Without the discipline and leadership that I’ve learned in the Army Reserve, I don’t think I would be in the position I am today.