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The York County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division is divided into specialized units. These units include the Violent Crimes Unit, Crimes Against Property Unit, Drug Enforcement Unit, Forensics Unit and Polygraph Unit. Captain Jery Hoffman supervises the Criminal Investigations Division; Captian Hoffman can be reached at (803) 628-3106 or jerry.hoffman@yorkcountygov.com

The Violent Crimes Unit

The duties of the Violent Crimes Unit include investigating offenses involving homicide, armed robbery, kidnapping, child abuse/neglect, criminal sexual conduct, runaways and missing persons, fraud, forgeries and other related offenses. This unit is also responsible for updating and maintaining the sexual offender registry in York County.

Crimes Against Property Unit

The duties of the Crimes Against Property Unit include investigating offenses involving burglary, larceny, arson, auto theft, and other related offenses.

Polygraph Unit

The York County Sheriff's Office operates a Polygraph Unit responsible for conducting polygraph tests for criminal and administrative investigations. The Office has two personnel licensed to conduct these tests.

 

Drug Enforcement Unit

The York County Sheriff's Office has teamed with the 16th Circuit Solicitor's Office, the Clover Police Department, the Fort Mill Police Department, the Rock Hill Police Department, the Tega Cay Police Department, and the York Police Department to establish and operate the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit. This unit consists of officers from seven different agencies who investigate all drug offenses within York County. The Drug Enforcement Unit also operates a Highway Interdiction Team that patrols major roadways within the county. The YCSO CID provides six investigators and a supervisor to this unit.


Forensic Services Unit

The York County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with the 16th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, the Clover Police Department, the Fort Mill Police Department, the Rock Hill Police Department, the Tega Cay Police Department, and Winthrop University Police to operate the York County Multijurisdictional Forensic Services Unit. The duties of this unit include documenting and processing evidence at various crime scenes throughout York County, operating the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (A.F.I.S.), comparing fingerprints from crime scenes to potential suspects, and gathering firearm evidence for analysis. The Forensic Services Unit also employs a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.) coordinator who oversees the forensic examinations performed on sexual assault victims. A drug chemist also works within the Forensic Services Unit to provide scientific chemical analysis on illegal drugs seized within York County. The YCSO CID provides three investigators, the S.A.N.E. coordinator and drug chemist to this unit.

Forensic Laboratory Services

The York County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Laboratory Services provides scientific analysis, technical crime scene assistance, training and expert testimony to all police agencies in York County.  Services are provided in the area of Forensic Biology (serology and DNA) and Controlled Substances (drugs).

Forensic Biology – The state-of-the-art Forensic Biology laboratory performs analyses in serology (identification of body fluids) and nuclear DNA.  The laboratory is accredited by FQS and participates in the National Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) network.

Contact: Cristy Kissel, 803-628-3231, email:  crystal.kissel@yorkcountygov.com

Controlled Substances – The Controlled Substance laboratory performs analyses of drugs, including controlled substances, pharmaceuticals and clandestine laboratory samples. Chemists in the section analyze evidence items and conclusively identify a controlled substance or perform sufficient analysis to determine that no controlled substances are present.

Contact: Cynthia Mitchum, 803-628-3174, email: cynthia.mitchum@yorkcountygov.com

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