Criminal Investigations

Criminal Investigations

The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is responsible for handling investigations into serious crimes. The detectives focus on a variety of crimes that require special expertise or that cannot be completed by the Patrol Deputy taking the initial report.

Detectives follow up on leads, interview informants, suspects, and witnesses to ascertain alibis, clues, time frames, and possible suspects. They search out the full facts of a situation, organize the facts into a logical summary of investigative data into a detailed record of the incident and present this data to the District Attorney's Office.

Person Crimes Unit

Investigates crimes such as:

  • Missing persons
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Assault
  • Robbery
  • Sex crimes (such as rape)
  • Child molestation
  • Sex trafficking and human trafficking

Death investigations including:

  • Homicide
  • Suicide
  • Accidental deaths
  • Cold cases

Property Crimes Unit

Investigates crimes such as:

  • Larceny
  • Burglary
  • Financial crimes
  • Arson

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)

This Detective works with the Federal and State agency to track down those predators in our county, state and region. This Detective is partnered with Homeland Security to assist in joint investigations. Homeland Security reimbursed the county for the expense of the computer because of this collaboration and has provided us with the needed tools. They also opened up federal resources to assist in the investigations. This collaboration has been an invaluable asset to the RCSO.

Sex Offender Registry

The Detective concentrates on the supervision, investigation, and prosecution of Registered Sex Offenders that live in Randolph County that are required to register by North Carolina Law.

Crime Scene Investigations (CSI)

Crime Scene Investigators (CSIs) - sometimes referred to as crime scene specialists or investigators, forensic science technicians, and crime laboratory analysts - use critical thinking and analytical skills to collect physical evidence, such as hair, bodily fluids, and footprints, from crime scenes. They are responsible for processing and preserving evidence, as well as sharing written documentation and reports about their collections. They use their expertise to testify at criminal trials and help shed light onto the events that occurred during criminal activity.