Criminal Investigation

The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is comprised of investigators working to solve crimes in various units: Persons and Property, Special Victims, Human Trafficking, Special Operations (Narcotics), and the Violent Crimes/Gang Unit. Each unit has a sergeant who is in charge of a number of detectives. The division has one lieutenant and one captain, who is responsible for the entire division.

Crimes against persons, which are handled by the Persons and Property Unit led by Sergeant Grusky, consist of crimes such as robberies, assaults, gang related crimes, and all other crimes where the victim is a person. Examples of crimes against property consist of breaking and entering (residence or business), malicious damages, financial crimes, and thefts. 

The Special Victims Unit investigates crimes of sexual and physical abuse where children are the victims, domestic violence cases, adult sexual assaults, and crimes against the elderly. Sergeant Brian Petty is responsible for our special victims unit. 
In addition, we now have one detective, Justin Parks, dedicated to investigations related to human trafficking cases. 
Prior to the adoption of the Special Victims Unit, there were two detectives responsible for investigating all cases involving domestic violence. Domestic violence cases frequently involve sexual assault and in most cases the victim is a female. Cases of this nature require a detective with specialized training and a working knowledge of how to handle victims of this type of offense. Our department has expanded the number of detectives with these skills in order to enhance cases for prosecution. 

The vice/narcotics detectives of the Special Operations Unit investigate crimes involving illegal drug violations. Investigations deal with violations that can be found in Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statutes, which involve illegal drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, and other controlled substances. These investigations can, also, include those drugs that are legal to possess but have been obtained illegally, such as Oxycodone or Valium.

The Gang/ Violent Crimes Unit falls under Sergeant Eric Watkins. This unit has a focus solely on gang activity within the city. Their primary objective is to prevent dangerous crimes by investigating and arresting those individuals that represent a consistent threat to the community. They also work to intervene before criminal action might occur.

The Criminal Investigation Division has a working relationship with all outside resources to ensure the best possible investigation is done in order to close a case. The Division works closely with agencies, both at the state and federal level, such as the State Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and some civilian agencies such as the Region for Organized Crime Information Center and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation

CID has a Victim’s Assistance Unit. This consists of a director, Staci Harris, one part-time employee, and a trained volunteer staff. Their function is to assist victims in navigating the criminal justice system and provide direction to community based partners for victims to access. Personnel are trained to assist in victims' compensation when applicable.
If you have any information regarding criminal activity or missing children/ persons, please contact Crimestoppers or Campus Crimestoppers for schools at (336) 229-7100. The Burlington Police Department participates in the statewide Amber Alert Program coordinated by the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons

For tips on crime prevention and safeguarding your property and home, visit 
crime prevention. In order to get involved with the department, visit community relations.

Contact Us:


101 N. Main St.
Burlington, NC 27215

Phone:

(336) 229-3530

Fax:

(336) 229-3113

Email:

Capt. Bret Currie

Phone:

(336) 229-3599

Email:

 Lt. Alan Balog

Phone:

(336) 229-3512

Crimestoppers:


Phone:

(336) 229-7100

Human Trafficking:


Email:

Justin Parks

Phone:

(336) 513-5434

Victim/ Witness Assistance:


Email:

Victims Assistance

Phone:

(336) 229-3553

Fax:

(336) 229-3113

Gang Unit:


Email:

Sgt. Eric Watkins

Phone:

(336) 229-3582

Graffiti:

(336) 229-3159

Persons/ Property Unit:


Email:

 Sgt. Mike Grusky

Phone:

(336) 229-3112

Special Victims Unit:


Email:

Sgt. Bryan Petty

Phone:

(336) 229-3533
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