The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the investigation of criminal activity within the county. The Criminal Investigations Division, which is led by Lieutenant Jim VanLandingham and First Sergeant Brad Shackelford, serves the residents of Beaufort County by conducting investigations over a broad spectrum of criminal activities.
The Criminal Investigations Division is tasked with the investigation of crimes committed against persons and property. The division investigates homicides, robbery, assaults, sexual assaults, kidnappings, larceny, burglary, breaking and enterings, arson, fraud, forgery, embezzlement, and extortion.
The Criminal Investigation Division not only specializes in investigations, but also the recovery of property and evidence, and the processing of crime scenes.
The Crime Scene Unit identifies, collects, preserves, and conducts examinations of physical evidence recovered at crime scenes. The members of the unit receive specialized training in various fields including the use of alternate light sources, scientific chemical testings, advanced photography techniques, advanced fingerprint lifting techniques, and latent print examination. The unit can process any crime scene from a minor incident to a major homicide.
Property and Evidence, Records and Information and Technology are also part of the Criminal Investigation Division.
The Criminal Investigation Division also provides both investigative and general support to other divisions of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office to accomplish departmental goals and objectives. The division also works closely with other local, state, and federal Law Enforcement agencies.