Investigations Division

Staff
The Investigations Division consists of:
  • 1 Captain
  • 3 Lieutenants
  • 14 Detectives
  • 2 Crime Scene Investigators
  • 2 Administrative Assistants
All reports received by the Sheriff’s Office are reviewed, evaluated and assigned accordingly.

Case Assignments
Assignment of cases for investigation varies per case. Solvability factors such as witnesses and their cooperation, suspect identification, traceable property, evidence collected, fingerprints and similar crimes are considered during this process.

Investigations
The Division investigates murders, sex crimes, financial crimes and frauds, unattended deaths, fires and any other felony crimes and some misdemeanors.

Areas of Special Focus
The Division also has a state certified arson investigator and Detectives that specialize in child abuse and financial crimes. One detective is a member of the Federal Joint Terrorism Task Force, which gives him Federal Authority in certain investigations.

The majority of crimes involve property crimes such as larceny and breaking and entering into homes and businesses. Special emphasis is placed on sex crimes and violators of sex offender laws.

Education & Training
All Detectives attend formal schools with a variety of subject matters to include interview and interrogations, death investigations, crime scene processing, how to deal with sex crime victims and offenders and Blood Splatter Interpretation, just to name a few.

All investigators are scheduled to attend the Police Law Institute through the North Carolina Justice Academy, where they receive classes on criminal law, search and seizure and updated rulings from state and federal courts.

All Detectives must attend state mandated training each year.

Area Cooperation
This Division works closely with the District Attorney’s Office and routinely coordinates investigation with surrounding local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Evidence Room
The Evidence Room Supervisor, detective sergeant Chunn, is tasked with maintaining the Evidence Room, maintaining the control logs for all seized evidence or found property stored in the Evidence Room, and helping with the disposal of evidence via Court Order.