Town of Matthews
- Criminal Investigations Division

What We Do:  While all of our police officers are trained and prepared to investigate any criminal offense, the more intricate or time-consuming cases are assigned to the members of our Criminal Investigations Division. Our detectives are responsible for the investigation of all felony  investigations, serious misdemeanor investigations, and pattern crimes investigations.These men and women work closely with our regional law enforcement partners to not only solve reported crimes but to identify and capture repeat offenders to prevent future crimes from occurring.

Our Staff: This team is comprised of ten sworn members: a captain, two sergeants, and seven detectives.  
Five of the detectives are responsible for general investigations such as homicide, robbery, fraud, burglary, and many others.  One of these detectives also conducts all background investigations for newly hired employees. Two detectives and a sergeant are responsible for all vice and narcotics investigations.  These include gambling, prescription fraud, prostitution, and all illicit narcotics organizations; one of these detectives is currently assigned to the DEA for specific investigations of heroin cartel organizations. 

Training & Partnerships: Our detectives are trained in numerous specialty areas including crime scene search (digital photography, latent print recovery, tool mark impression, and many more); computer forensics and digital evidence recovery; cellphone forensics & evidence recovery; physical and digital surveillance; interview and interrogation.  Detectives must continually seek new training to keep up with the fast changing technology that helps us investigate crimes.  Members of CID are also members of numerous investigative organizations in the Charlotte Metro area; these memberships provide opportunity to share criminal information to help solve crimes in Matthews. Several detectives also assist on local state & federal task forces. 

We are fortunate to have some of the most seasoned officers in our region working as detectives for the Matthews community.

    Criminal Investigations



    Sgt. Bill Shaw
    Vice & Narcotics
    (704) 847-7755
    bshaw@matthewsnc.gov

    Sgt. Darren Snyder
    General Investigations
    (704) 847-7755
    dsnyder@matthewsnc.gov

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