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The Major Crimes Unit (sometimes the Special Crimes Unit, formerly the Major Crime Squad) is a division of the city police force led by Dick Tracy under the supervision of Chief Pat Patton.

The Major Crimes Unit deals with elaborate and/or unusual crimes (and criminals) that would too heavily burden the city's day-to-day police operations, with high-profile crimes, with professional career criminals with a history of violence, and with criminal fugitives. 

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  • Many real-life cities, including New York and St. Louis, have Major Crime Units in their police departments. These are sometimes referred to as a Major Case Unit or Squad.
  • In the real-life Chicago Police Department, there was once a special unit called the "Scotland Yard Detail," which dealt with similar high-profile crimes and municipal corruption. Later, there was a Central Investigations Unit (fictionalized on the TV series Crime Story as the Major Crimes Unit) that targeted violent career criminals, as well as major robberies and burglaries. Today, there is a Major Case Unit and a Fugitive Unit.  The Major Crimes Unit in the Dick Tracy comic strip is a synthesis of all these real-life special details.