The Criminal Investigations Division has within it highly-trained and experienced personnel who tirelessly investigate murders, armed robberies, rapes, crimes against children, arson, gang violence, criminal activity, narcotics trafficking and crime scene analysis.  The Captain, Lieutenants, and Investigators constantly strive to obtain justice and a sense of closure (with the assistance of 2 full time Victim Advocates) for the victims of crime and their families.  Additionally, the FCSO has Investigators assigned on a full time basis to the DEA, FBI and U.S. Marshal’s Service.  The Forensic/Crime Scene Unit is comprised of a Lieutenant and three highly trained individuals who are responsible for the collection, processing and storage of evidence as part of criminal and narcotics investigations.  Our drug lab is now fully operational with one full time Chemist.  Two Evidence Technicians are responsible for vehicle towing and the storage of vehicles and other confiscated or recovered property for the FCSO.  Polygraph services are provided for the Sheriff’s Office through contractual agreements.  The Records Division works with the Criminal Investigations Division and is responsible for the collection, transcription and coding of over 1,200 incident reports per month that serve as a basis for successful criminal prosecutions.  The Criminal Enforcement Unit provides drug interdiction along Florence County’s highways and interstates.  They are responsible for patrolling the interstates and highways to stop the transportation of illegal contraband, recovering the assets from illegal activities, wanted criminals, and other criminal activity.  The Pro-Active Community Enforcement Unit (PACE), a division of Patrol, has been instrumental in reducing the numbers of some crimes in double digit percentages.  K-9 units have proven extremely effective with their assistance in keeping our neighborhoods safe.