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Criminal Investigations

The Criminal Investigations Bureau is comprised of  seven units: Rowan Regional Crime Information Center, General Investigations, Violent Crimes Investigations, Vice/Narcotics, Neighborhood Crime Abatement (NCAT), the Crime Lab and Organizational Development and Hiring. The investigations divisions are responsible for specialized investigations that go beyond the routine response of daily operations of the department and require that its personnel have specialized skills and training. Investigations is responsible for the follow-up investigations of all major criminal offenses. Cases are assigned according to solvability factors, seriousness of the offense, and past history. 

The Drug Unit is responsible for developing strategies to combat drug offenses in our community. The NCAT unit is responsible for helping to deter and prevent street-level criminal activity using a variety of techniques. Both the drug unit and NCAT work various hours to align with crime trends in the community.

The Crime Lab is a support unit of the Salisbury Police Department that responds to assist Patrol Officers and Detectives in the collection and preservation of evidence at crime scenes using specialized equipment. The Crime Lab also oversees fingerprint analysis and classification.

In addition to hiring, organizational development is responsible for leading the department’s internal practices and employee career enhancements.

Crime Analysis

Want to know what the crime is like in your area or see crime trends for the past 4 years? Request a Crime Analysis Report using our form below. This form is required for any data request from our Crime Analyst.

Crime Analysis Request Form (PDF)

Contact Us

Address:
130 E. Liberty St.
Salisbury, NC 28144

Emergencies: 911

Non-Emergencies: (704) 638-5333

Patrick Smith

Criminal Investigations Bureau Captain

Patrick Smith
(704) 638-2091
psmit@salisburync.gov


Biography

Smith supervises the services bureau comprised of seven units: the Rowan Regional Crime Information Center, general investigations, violent crimes investigations, vice/narcotics, neighborhood crime abatement team, the crime lab, and organizational development and hiring. These units are responsible for specialized investigations that go beyond the routine response of daily operations of the department, and require that its personnel have specialized skills and training. In addition to hiring, organizational development is responsible for leading the department’s internal practices and employee career enhancements.

Smith began his career in law enforcement 17 years ago as a SPD patrol officer. He was promoted to criminal investigation detective in 2009, five years later was elevated to patrol sergeant, and then was promoted to lieutenant over the special investigations division in 2018. Throughout his tenure, Smith led various crime reduction strategies, including increased community engagement relationships and the implementation of the Rowan Regional Crime Information Center. He also managed narcotic investigations, crime analytics and records division staff. 

Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Columbia College, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in leadership through Pfeiffer University. 


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