Criminal Investigations

Lawrence Dixon
Jeff Gray

Criminal Investigators perform specialized investigative law enforcement work in the field of violations of the General Statutes of North Carolina. Investigators are responsible for investigating crimes and complaints involving suspected violators of crimes against persons and property, securing evidence, apprehending and prosecuting criminal offenders, presenting evidence and testimony in court, and coordinating the work of Criminal Investigation Division investigators. Investigators work closely with other investigators, deputy sheriffs, line supervisors, other law enforcement agencies, and the general public Investigators are subject to the usual hazards of investigative and general law enforcement work.

Duties of an Investigator:

  • Investigators investigate crimes and complaints involving violations of crime in the county; examines crime scenes to determine the exact nature of law violations; searches for clues and makes preliminary interrogations of suspects; gathers and label evidence found.
  • Investigators interview and prepare statements from complainants, suspects, witnesses, and other persons who may have information related to crimes.
  • Investigators maintain communications with informers and surveillance over suspected violators; presents sufficient evidence to magistrate in order to obtain warrants for searches and arrests; serves warrants and makes searches and arrests; process arrested suspects.
  • Investigators will prepare detailed investigations and arrest reports; assembles and organizes statements and evidence for presentation in court and before grand jury; attend court and grand jury proceedings and presents evidence and testimony.
  • Investigators will locate and arrest persons wanted by CID; process suspects in felony cases, obtaining biographic and incident information, fingerprint, and photographs.
  • Investigators will cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in conducting investigations and making arrest; reviews current bulletins published by the Federal and State Bureaus of Investigations.
  • Investigates all crimes involving juveniles.

Evidence Technician
Performs clerical and specialized law enforcement work assisting the operations of the Criminal Investigation Division. The Evidence Technician is responsible for the recovering, marking, storing, accountability of, and disposing of all CID'S evidence. The Evidence Technician is responsible for reports and general record keeping. May also perform duties in support of general law enforcement. Duties may vary among needs of the specialized units in CID. The Evidence Technician reports to the CID Division Commander.