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The Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for the investigation of serious crimes that occur in Cherokee County. The Division is staffed with eight full-time detectives. Detectives not only receive cases assigned for further investigation from the Patrol Division, but they also work with the Department of Social Services and independent leads in their pursuit of justice. In addition, the unit has specialized training on crimes involving Internet Crimes Against Children and other electronic crimes. The Investigation Division operates under the leadership of Lieutenant Joe Wood.
Lieutenant Joe Wood native of Cherokee County. Lt. Wood
Investigator Roger Williams background includes serving as a sworn law-enforcement officer in Alabama, North Carolina and the United States Navy since 1981 and he holds a Bachelor of Science Degree Magna Cum Laude from Western Carolina University. Williams has successfully completed and was awarded the Criminal Investigator Certification and the Advanced Law Enforcement Certification by the North Carolina Justice Academy. His training includes over 2000 hours of criminal justice training, as well as over 600 hours of specialized training in electronic crimes and computer forensics and is awarded the Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist certification from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco Georgia. Williams is a member of the High Technology Crime Investigators Association and the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Investigator Tiffany Holland graduated from Robbinsville High School and later earned her associate’s degree. Tiffany obtained her Basic Law Enforcement Training from Southwestern Community College and began her career with the Office of the Sheriff in 2009 as a uniformed patrol officer. Tiffany works in all areas of investigations and has received training in Anti-Terrorism and SWAT. Detective Holland currently serves as an operator on the Office of the Sheriff’s SERT Team.
Investigator Robert “Todd” White was born and raised in Cherokee County. After graduating high school, Detective White joined the United States Army where he served ten years. Afterward, Todd joined the North Carolina National Guard where he served as an MP before retiring in 2011.
Investigator White began his career with the Cherokee County Office of the Sheriff in 2001 where he worked part-time until becoming full-time in 2004 as a uniformed patrol officer. While serving with the Office of the Sheriff, Todd was active on the SERT Team, where he received training in Basic and Intermediate SWAT as well as specialized training in Hostage and High Risk Warrant Service. Detective White is also trained in Drug Enforcement for Patrol Officers, Interview and Interrogation, Intoxilyzer Operations and has received training in Search Warrant and Writing Service Methods. Todd has been recognized by the Governor of the State of North Carolina for his exceptional performance as an investigator.
Investigator Jacob Peck-Chapman - Chapman was born on the Outer banks of North Carolina and later moved to Clay County where he graduated from Hayesville High School. He began his career with the Cherokee County Office of the Sheriff in 2004 in detention and attended Basic Law Enforcement Training in 2007 through Haywood Community College. He began work for the Office of the Sheriff as a uniformed patrol officer.
Jacob earned the rank of corporal in 2010 and served in that position before being promoted to the rank of Detective in 2011. Jacob currently serves as an operator on the SERT Team in the capacity of “Bravo Team Leader”. Detective Peck-Chapman has received training in SWAT, Emergency Medicine, Arson Investigations, and Interview and Interrogation.
Investigator Tory Shivers - Tory Shivers was born and raised in Kansas, where he graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School in 1984. After high school, Tory joined the United States Army and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division after completing Basic Training, AIT and Jump School.
In 1993, Detective Shivers joined the Platte County Missouri Sheriff's Office which was located just outside of Kansas City. After working a year in the Detention Section, Tory was promoted and began working with the Road Patrol Division in Platte County.
In 2002, Tory along with his family, relocated to Cherokee County where he began his career with the Cherokee County Office of the Sheriff. After being hired as a road deputy, Tory was assigned K-9 duty and worked his way to the rank of Sergeant. Tory is a past SERT Team leader and has been trained in Basic, Intermediate and SWAT Command and Leadership. Detective Shivers has also received previous drug training by attending the DEA's Basic Narcotic Officer School and he also attended Clandestine Laboratory courses.
In 2009, Detective Shivers left the Office of the Sheriff to go overseas, where he served as a Police mentor to the Afghan National Police. Tory returned in May 2011 and began working for the Office of the Sheriff as a road deputy, before being promoted to the rank of investigator in August 2011.
Investigator Keith Watkins, a graduate from Andrews High School, began his career with the Office of the Sheriff, in 2002, as a Detention Officer. Watkins spent over a decade working with the Detention Center and held the positions of Detention Officer, Armed Transport Officer, Sergeant, and Lieutenant and finally took over the helm as Captain in 2012. During this time, Watkins also pursued his Basic Law Enforcement Training and become a sworn deputy in 2010. Watkins has maintained all state mandated training for both the Detention and Patrol Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office for several years and transitioned into an investigator role in 2013.