Criminal Investigation

Criminal Investigation Division                                                                
101 N. Main St.
Burlington, NC 27215
P: (336) 229-3530
F: (336) 229-3113
Criminal Investigation Staff Directory


BadgeThe Criminal Investigation Division is composed of investigators working on Crimes Against Persons, Crimes Against Property, Special Victims, and Special Operations (Narcotics), Violent Crimes/Gang Unit.

Crimes against persons consist of crimes such as robberies, assaults, gang related crimes and all other crimes where the victim is a person. Examples of a crime against property consist of breaking and entering (residence or business), malicious damages, financial crimes and thefts. The Special Victims unit investigates crimes of sexual and physical abuse where children are the victims, domestic violence cases, adult sexual assaults, and crimes against the elderly.

Prior to the adoption of the Special Victims Unit, there were only two detectives that were responsible for investigating all cases involving domestic violence. Many times domestic violence cases involve sexual assault and in most cases the victim is a female. Because cases of this type require that the detective receive specialize training and working knowledge of how to handle victims of this type of offense, it was decided to expand the number of detectives. This was done to utilize, in all most all investigations, those detectives that had received the specialized training and are experienced in dealing with those cases to enhance cases for prosecution.

The Vice/Narcotics Section of the Special Operations Unit investigates crimes involving illegal drug violations. Investigations deal with violations that can be found in Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statutes. The illegal drugs include cocaine, marijuana, and controlled substances that are found under the Chapter 90. The investigations can also be those drugs that are legal to possess but have been obtained illegally, such as oxycodone or Valium.

The Criminal Investigation Division has a working relationship with all outside resources to insure that the best possible investigation can and will be done to clear cases. The Division works closely with agencies both at the State and Federal level, such as the State Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and some civilian agencies such as the Region for Organized Crime Information Center, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

The Criminal Investigation Division also has a Victim’s Assistance Unit. This consists of a Director and three part time employees. Their function is to assist victims navigate the criminal justice system, and provide direction to community based partners that victims can access.

Personnel are also trained to assist victims in Victims Compensation, when applicable. 

Safeguard Your Property

If you were ever in the situation that you may have to report any of your property lost or stolen, would you be able to provide the Police Department adequate information? Consider making a tally of your personal property to include recording the make, model, year, serial number, and ID number. When detectives have this information, the tools they are able to utilize in the efforts to recover your personal property increase, therefore increasing the chances that you may see the item again. The NC Department of Crime Control and Public Safety has created a Property ID Record. Use this form and keep a copy at home and a copy someplace other than your home. If you have any questions, please call or Criminal Investigations Division.

Homeland Security and Terrorism

The Department of Homeland Security works to anticipate, preempt, detect and deter threats to the homeland and to safeguard our people and their freedoms, critical infrastructure, property and the economy of our nation from acts of terrorism, natural disasters and other emergencies. Learn tips to protect yourself, download informational materials and publications, find out about activities and programs, Committees and Working Groups and find out what the current National Threat Advisory from the US Dept. Homeland Security website.

Missing Children

The Burlington Police Department complies with The National Child Search Assistance Act of 1990 mandating law enforcement’s immediate response to reports of missing children, and the prompt entry of descriptive information into the NCIC missing persons file.

All missing children reports are taken seriously and every effort is made to locate a missing child and avoid potential harm. We request you contact our Department at (336) 229-3500 or Crimestoppers at (336) 229-7100 if you have any information on a missing or run away child.

The Burlington Police Department is a part of the statewide AMBER Alert Plan program coordinated by the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons.

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In addition to the Most Wanted Page, please visit the CRIMESTOPPERS and CAMPUS CRIMESTOPPERS LINK. The Criminal Investigation Division urges anyone with information on a crime to contact the division or you may call Crimestoppers at 229-7100.

Victim/Witness Assistance

The Burlington Police Department has a Victim/Witness Assistance program. The program director and volunteers are trained to assist victims of crime and act as a liaison between the victim/witness and the Criminal Justice System. The program director can be reached at (336) 229-3553. 

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