GPD Investigations

Criminal Investigations

The Investigations Division plays an important role in supporting the Patrol Division.  Six sworn officers are assigned to this division. The Criminal Investigations Division is divided into two main units, General Investigations, Drug Task Force, and both of which are supervised by the Investigations Division Commander.

You can reach the Criminal Investigations Division by dialing  (336) 570-6711.

Drug Investigations

The Narcotics Division is charged with the broad enforcement of all narcotic and dangerous drug laws. This includes state laws and applicable federal laws. It investigates street level, mid-level and upper level narcotic crimes through a wide range of investigative techniques. Its other narcotics responsibilities include pharmaceutical investigations.

The Narcotics Division conducts in-depth, long-term investigations on organized drug traffickers. They are often involved in multi-jurisdictional investigations, collaborating with state, federal, and other municipal agencies in order to reach a conviction. These cases, while time consuming and labor intensive, substantially reducing narcotics trafficking activity within our community. A typical investigation of this type might involve protracted physical and electronic surveillance, extensive research into the criminal organization, and financial backgrounds of the subject or subjects under investigation. These cases routinely generate larger seizures and forfeitures, enhanced prosecution and sentencing, and a wealth of criminal intelligence that is valuable to the entire law enforcement community.

Crime Stoppers 

The Investigations Division Supervisor works closely with Crime Stoppers to solicit information about crimes. Crime Stoppers is a program that involves the public, the media, and the police in the fight against crime. It offers anonymity and the potential for rewards to persons who furnish information leading to the arrest of suspects. Citizens are asked to call Crime Stoppers with any information regarding crimes.

Crime Stoppers is a community-oriented program that uses law enforcement, the community, and the media to fight crime.

Crime Stoppers provides a phone number for residents to call to give anonymous information on any criminal activity. Callers are given a code number in exchange for information and are asked to keep in contact with the program. If an arrest is made or property or drugs recovered, the caller becomes eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. All reward money is raised by a civilian board of directors.

To report criminal activity, call (336) 229-7100.  All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.  No names are used and no calls are taped or traced.

The Graham Police Department considers the Investigations of complaints regarding an employee’s actions or our policies to be one of our most important missions.

Our Internal Affairs (IA) Function is commanded by the Assistant Chief and includes supervisors who have received specific training in internal affairs investigative procedures investigate all complaints objectively and thoroughly. Through this function, we examine our practices closely and investigate allegations and circumstances that may not meet our expectations, or the expectations of our community. We provide a summary of those investigations to the public annually to show transparency and accountability.

Who May Register a Complaint?

A complaint may be made by any resident and can be made by telephone, in person or online. In the event an internal affairs investigator is not available to take a complaint, a complaint may be submitted to the desk officer or any member of the Police Department holding the rank of sergeant or above. All complaints will be forwarded to the Assistant Chief for processing.

You may file a complaint against a member of the GPD within 60 days of an incident using one of these four ways.

  • Online using this GPD Complaint Form
  • By mail: Filling out this printable GPD Complaint Form to
     Graham Police Department
    Attention: Assistant Chief
    216 South Maple Street
    Graham, NC 27253
  • In person: by visiting from 8 am to 4:30pm Mondays through Fridays at the
    ~ (address above)
  • By calling: from 8 am to 4:30 pm Mondays through Fridays at 336-570-6711

Complaint Process

Once filed, a complaint is thoroughly investigated. A report is prepared which includes taped and / or signed statements from the complainant, the accused and all witnesses. The completed investigative report also includes a narrative summary of the events and a finding of facts as determined by the taped and / or signed statements of those involved. The finalized report will be reviewed by the employee’s chain of command. The chain of command will recommend case disposition, and disciplinary action if necessary to the Chief of Police. In all cases, the officer is notified of the disposition. A complainant will not be told the level of discipline that an employee receives due to the Personnel Privacy Act but will be notified that the investigation has concluded.

The members of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) are responsible for investigating serious crimes against persons and property, to include: murder, assault, sex abuse, child abuse, rape, burglary, major theft, and computer crimes. They provide investigative support, as well as develop and share intelligence information, within the Graham Police Department and with outside law enforcement agencies to ensure the effective and efficient follow-up of all major crimes that require investigative personnel resources. 

Detectives have developed areas of expertise in subject areas such as homicide investigation, assaults, sexual assaults, child abuse and neglect, juvenile crimes, forgery and fraud, white collar crime, computer crimes, arson, burglary, domestic violence, and a limited amount of crime scene processing. The Detectives also maintain a close working relationship with other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies along with the District Attorney’s office.