Artificial Intelligence (AI) offers the potential to transform organisational decision-making and knowledge-sharing processes that support criminal investigations. Yet, there is still limited evidence-based knowledge concerning the successful use of AI for criminal investigations in literature. This paper identifies the main areas and current dynamics of the adoption of AI in criminal investigations using bibliometric analysis. We synthesise existing research by identifying key themes researchers have delved into on AI in criminal investigations. The themes include crime prediction and human-centred issues relating to AI use in criminal investigations. Finally, the paper elaborates on the challenges that may influence AI adoption in criminal investigations by police professionals. These challenges include possible laggard effects with AI adoption, implementation challenges, lack of government oversight, and a skills gap.