Berkeley County South Carolina Sheriff's Office

Criminal Investigation Division

Major David Brabham commands the Investigation and Support Services Branch of the Sheriff’s Office which includes:
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Drug Enforcement Task Force
  • DEA Task Force
  • U.S. Marshall’s Task Force
  • Forensics
  • Crime Analysis
  • Sex Offender Registry
  • Victim Advocates
  • Internet Crimes Against Children
  • Pawn Shop Investigations
  • Records
  • Training
  • Duty Office and
  • Animal Control
He also serves as the Special Response Team Commander. The Investigation and Support Services Branch consists of 38 Sworn Deputies, 4 Animal Control Officers, and 14 civilians.

Captain Michael Crumley commands the Investigations Division comprised of the Criminal Investigations Unit, Forensic Services Unit, Drug Enforcement Task Force, Sex Offender Registration Unit, Victim/Witness Advocates and Internet Crimes Against Children.

Criminal Investigations Unit

This unit is comprised of Crimes against Persons, Property Crimes, White Collar Crimes, Domestic Violence, Child/Elder Abuse and the Internet Crimes Against Children Investigator.

Forensics Unit

This unit oversees crime scene processing, all in-custody property, and the processing of evidence. Members of the unit are trained in crime scene processing, blood spatter analysis, photography, and latent processing.

Since 2018, detectives have:

Our clearance rate greatly exceeds the national average

The Property and Evidence Room has over 25,000 items of evidence and/or maintained property. In 2018, 12,000 items were logged into evidence and 9,481 items were returned/ destroyed from adjudicated cases.
We also:
  • Responded to 369 incidents to process crime scenes
  • Assisted in 104 search warrants

Crime Analysis / AFIS

Corporal Kara Whetstone serves as the Sheriff’s Office Crime Analyst and Latent Print Identification Specialist. Cpl. Whetstone is certified to examine latent prints with the agency’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). Deputies submit fingerprint impressions from crime scenes to the unit for identification. Information from Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office reports are submitted online so that Berkeley County residents can view crime in their area.
Analysis of crime data is shared with patrol and command personnel to be used to address crime trends in the county. An interwatch report is provided to all command personnel detailing incidents that occurred during the shifts of Patrol, K9 and Community Action Team Members. This helps keep commanders informed of the incidents in the county. Hot Sheets of the most current stolen motor vehicles are also provided to patrol personnel.

Drug Enforcement Task Force

This unit is staffed by Berkeley County detectives and detectives from the Moncks Corner Police Department, Goose Creek Police Department and Hanahan Police Department. The Task force works with our Uniform Patrol Division, Community Action Team and state and federal narcotics agencies to address the plight of narcotics in Berkeley County. Citizens who want to provide information about illegal narcotics activity can go to the
Give us a Tip form or call (843) 719-4424.

Sex Offender Registry

The Sheriff’s Office is mandated by law to conduct an annual check on all registered sex offenders in Berkeley County. The offenders must come to the sheriff’s office to register quarterly or bi-annually depending on their tier level. Registered Sex offenders must also have their residency confirmed annually.

SLED Sex Offender Registry

Office of Special Investigations

The Office of Special Investigations is tasked to review unresolved homicides, suspicious deaths, missing persons, sexual assaults or other serious cold cases from the archives of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office. The unit also investigates cases the Sheriff specifically designates for further investigation. The unit also utilizes retired law enforcement officers and Special
Deputies to assist in the case review process. The Cold Case Unit reviews case files searching for any physical evidence that may be retested using current forensic techniques. They follow up with prior witnesses to review their testimony to possibly gain additional information. The mission of the unit is to gather information which may result in a resolution or adjudication of a case.

In 2018, the unit conducted

26 Cold Case Unit investigations

Victim Advocates

Victim advocates provide the public with a better understanding of the Criminal Justice system by providing information regarding their rights and responsibilities as victims and witnesses of crimes. They also advise victims of the procedures of the court system and County/State criminal codes related to their incident. Our Victim Advocates provide crime-to-courtroom assistance to victims and their families. They work with victims in the areas of crisis intervention, one-on-one support and referrals through the State Office of Victim Assistance. The unit has partnered with Trident Technical College to sponsor a volunteer internship program. This intern earns college credit in the field of human services by volunteering alongside the victim advocates. The victim advocates will continue to ensure crime victims are informed and that their voices shall be heard in the criminal justice process.

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