The Criminal Investigative Unit investigates property crimes, assaults, fraud cases, homicides, sex crimes, and any other crimes covered by North Carolina General Statues. The Criminal Investigative Unit consists of 13 full time detectives which are supervised by three Lieutenants and three Sergeants. The unit also has a certified CVSA (lie detector) examiner and a state certified arson investigator.
Many of the detectives possess expertise in various fields of work, and are such assigned cases according to each one’s expertise. Burglaries, robberies, larcenies, motor vehicle thefts, missing/neglected juveniles, etc. are assigned to a detective based on the geographic area of the county that the crime occurred.
Special Victims Unit
The Special Victims Unit consists of highly trained investigators who specialize in child exploitation, and child pornography, Crimes against children, and sexual assaults against children and adults.
Crime Scene Unit
The Crime Scene Unit consists of three (3) crime scene technicians. These detectives are responsible for the documentation of major crimes including homicides, suicides, sexual assaults, armed robberies, shootings, and any suspicious deaths. This unit covers all county patrol districts and also serves most Brunswick County municipalities as well as federal and state agencies. Using state-of-the-art video and still photography equipment, team member record details of a scene for future investigation analysis and preparation for court review.
The unit also supervises the proper collection of evidence, latent fingerprint processing, and other evidentiary duties relating to major cases. The unit is outfitted with the latest high-tech equipment, including krimesite scope used for locating fingerprints and other crucial evidence. This unit is on call and available to respond 24/7.
Financial Crimes Unit
The Financial Crimes Unit investigates all frauds, embezzlement, forgery, financial transaction card fraud, breach of trust, and financial identity frauds. These investigations are assigned to a detective who specializes in white collar crimes and also trained in cyber-crimes.
All of the detectives in the Criminal Investigative Unit work closely with our District Attorney’s Office and victims throughout the judicial process.