Criminal Investigations

The Criminal Investigations Division 

Captain Murphy was hired in 1994 by the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office after graduating from Basic Law Enforcement Training at Davidson County Community College. Captain Murphy was hired as a Deputy Sheriff, her career began in the Detention Center. In 1995, Captain Murphy was assigned to the Patrol Division where she worked for several years before being promoted to Detective and specialized in Child Abuse and Sexual related crimes. Captain Murphy transferred to the Professional Standards Division in 2010 doing internal investigations and hiring of new recruits. Murphy has spent all of her career with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office where she has more than 28 years of service in different areas of the department. Captain Murphy is also a general instructor. 


The Davidson County Sheriff's Office investigates every complaint of criminal activity submitted. As criminal acts become more intense and complicated, the investigation of such incidents require a more in-depth and specific investigation.

For incident like this, the Sheriff's Office assigns those investigations to a team of highly trained men and women who have expertise in developing leads, recovering property, and successfully prosecuting those who commit those acts.

The Criminal Investigations Unit is made up of eight full time detectives, four part-time detectives and the unit's commander, Lieutenant S. Pearce.