Criminal Investigations Division
The Criminal Investigation Division of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office is lead by a Captain, Detective Jay Childers, and consists of a Lieutenant, a Sergeant, and twelve (12) detectives. Their primary mission is to investigate time-consuming, complex or specialized crimes that are not practical for patrol deputies to investigate.
Detectives are able to respond 24/7 to crime scenes at the request of the Patrol Division and other law enforcement agencies throughout the county for such serious crimes as major assaults, weapon violation investigations, death investigations, controlled substance violations, vice/narcotic investigations, breaking and enter investigations, larceny investigations, structure fires, arson, fraud, financial crimes, identity theft, computer crimes and sensitive crimes such as sexual assault and child abuse. Detectives attend specialized training in these and other areas to stay current in investigative techniques and evidence collection. Upon request, detectives are also tasked with assisting other municipal police agencies with investigations.
Detectives are responsible for overseeing the proper collection, seizure, documentation and maintenance of evidence collected by deputies and detectives.
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office maintains facilities and equipment in which evidence is examined and stored to prevent contamination and to preserve the chain of custody of evidence from its collection in the field to its presentation in court proceedings.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has detectives who attend and complete training to assist with investigations, including specialized areas of investigations, as well as detectives who are trained in crime scene processing and evidence collection and analysis techniques.
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has an active and productive working relationship with local, state, and federal agencies and departments, such as the Rockingham Police Department, Hamlet Police Department, North Carolina Department of Public Safety (Community Corrections, Probation and Parole, and Juvenile Justice), North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, North Carolina Highway Patrol, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, United States Marshals, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the United States Attorney's Office, 4th Circuit, Middle District North Carolina.
Detectives also perform an educational role for the community by providing presentations on a diverse range of topics, such as narcotics awareness, safety, as well as others.
Detectives are assigned to various primary responsibilities such as Property Crimes, Major Crimes, and Vice/Narcotics, but come together to investigate cases which require additional manpower and to provide the citizens of Richmond County with a high standard of investigative resource to combat criminal activity within Richmond County.