Criminal Investigation Division

The Bluffton Police Department Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is charged with the responsibility of investigating all violent crimes, property crimes, financial crimes, crimes against children and any other crimes requiring follow-up investigation and cases of long duration or complexity or that cross into multiple jurisdictions. 

The Criminal Investigation Division is supervised by Lieutenant Kelly McCauley. In addition, the Criminal Investigation Division is divided into specialized units:

  • Criminal Investigation Unit
  • Crime Scene Unit
  • Intelligence
  • Victim Advocate
  • 14th Circuit Solicitors Office Career Criminal Prosecution Unit
  • U.S. Marshals Service Task Force
  • Violent Crimes Task Force

This structure allows for better utilization of resources and personnel. Strategic partnerships with other agencies also fall under this division.

The Victim Advocate is responsible for making contact with all victims as defined by South Carolina state law within 72 hours of victimization. Victim Advocates serve as a liaison to crime victims and provide a wide range of services and resources based on the needs of the victims.

Partnerships

14th Circuit Career Criminal Prosecution Unit

In 2019, the Bluffton Police Department partnered with the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and other agencies participating in the Career Criminal Prosecution Unit; a team of experienced prosecutors, investigators and an intelligence analyst who focus solely on sending the worst of the worst to prison. The team targets defendants based on their criminal history and their danger to the community, as opposed to the particular crime they are charged with.

U.S. Marshals Service Task Force

The purpose of the fugitive task force is to combine the efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to locate and apprehend the most dangerous fugitives and assist in high profile investigations.

Violent Crimes Task Force

The Violent Crimes Task Force is a partnership among the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, Beaufort Police Department, Bluffton Police Department and the Port Royal Police Department to better address violent crimes throughout Beaufort County and its municipalities. The task force is responsible for investigating drug activity within the Town of Bluffton.

It is the desire of the Criminal Investigation Division to provide the best service possible to our community.

  1. Kelly McCauley

    Lieutenant - Investigations
    Phone: 843-706-4550

  2. Sara Lanier

    Victim Advocate

  3. Joseph Michaud

    Sergeant - Intelligence Unit