The Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for investigating major crimes and crime scene processing. Each of the detectives performs a variety of law enforcement duties, including visiting crime scenes, processing and protecting evidence, and interviewing witnesses and suspects. Detectives use the latest technology in computers and equipment to process crime scenes and evidence. To reach the Criminal Investigations Division, call (828) 465-8340.

Special Victims Unit: The Special Victims Unit of the Criminal Investigations Division works primarily with children who are the victims of physical or sexual abuse. The Division is staffed by investigators who have specialized training in the areas of child abuse and child sexual assault investigations. Our SVU investigators work closely with Child Protective Services investigators from Catawba County Social Services. We also work with the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center, a nonprofit organization which assists in meeting the need the needs of victims and their families.

Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Control: The Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Control section is responsible for the forensic investigation of major crime scenes in Catawba County. This section is also charged with the responsibility of the organization, security, maintenance, and destruction of all property and evidence collected by the Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, this section is responsible for the maintenance and disposition of evidence for several local, state, and federal agencies who conduct investigations inside Catawba County. The personnel in this section have access to equipment and training that enables them to conduct forensic investigations at a level far exceeding many agencies in North Carolina.

Recovered Property and Firearms: Citizens can call 828-465-8340 to schedule an appointment to pick up recovered property and firearms from the Sheriff’s Office. You must show valid identification when picking up items. If your property is part of a court case, you must obtain a court order. Storage and other fees apply for vehicles and firearms.

Return of Firearms Notice

Notice of Third Party Receiving Seized Firearms

Unsolved Crimes and Missing Persons