The Criminal Investigation Division is responsible for the follow-up investigation of crimes reported to the Charleston Police Department. In most cases, incidents of crime are reported to the Patrol Division where a report is generated by a uniformed police officer. Those reports are then forwarded to CID for review and case assignment. The decision as to whether or not a case is assigned to detectives is made by the supervisors.
Due to the volume of cases received, discretion must be used in making case assignments. A number of "solvability factors" are considered. Known suspects, physical evidence and witnesses are examples of solvability factors which greatly increase the likelihood of solving a crime. Violent crimes, property crimes involving a substantial loss, or
recurring pattern crimes are generally assigned even if no factors are present.
If you need to speak with a detective, or want to inquire about a case status, call (304) 348-6480. If your call is during other than normal business hours, please leave a message, or if the call is urgent, it may be possible to contact the detective via the
Records Section at 348-6424.
If you would like to provide information about a case but want to remain anonymous, you can submit the information on our