Criminal Investigation Division
A specialized group of deputies investigates crimes and files cases with the District Attorney's office regarding misdemeanor and felony crimes committed in Carteret County.
Crimes Against Property/Persons/Children Division
This team is assigned to investigate misdemeanor and felony property crimes, including burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, criminal mischief, trespass, and other crimes. Investigators are tasked with crime scene searches, locating individuals, interviewing witnesses, interviewing suspects and preserving evidence. Investigators have found that many of the property-related crimes that occur in this county are crimes of opportunity. Victims have knowingly or unknowingly left car, house or garage doors open or unlocked, making it easy for them to be victimized. Suspects tend to take the path of least resistance by looking for open or unlocked doors. The easiest way to avoid becoming a victim is to always lock your property and do not leave valuables in your vehicle.
This team also investigates homicide, sexual assault (adult victim), kidnapping, domestic violence, serious assault cases, robberies, missing persons and unattended deaths. This team also responsible for investigating all felony crimes committed against and by juveniles. Additionally, investigators in this unit are responsible for tracking juvenile offenders, runaways, and the registered sexual offenders living in Carteret County.
Evidence Control Division
The evidence control division at the Carteret County Sheriff's Office contains all physical evidence submitted relating to criminal cases in Carteret County. Evidence vault custodians ensure the integrity of all stored evidence and property, and produce these items quickly and accurately for legal proceedings. Items are periodically purged on a case-by-case basis (following adjudication), based on instructions from deputies and investigators involved. Property is returned to owners, destroyed, converted to county property, or auctioned.