SBI Units

SBI Field Operations

SBI field agents provide expert investigative assistance with criminal cases when requested by local police, sheriffs, district attorneys, and judges. In addition, crimes are investigated for which the SBI has original jurisdiction (drugs, arson, gambling, election fraud and crimes involving state property) as well as investigations to suppress organized crime and vice activities.

More than 200 field agents and clerical personnel serve in eight district offices across North Carolina.  Field Operations include: Field District Operations and special investigation units in arson, polygraph, and crime scene.

SBI Special Operations

The Special Operations Division has seven specialized investigative and operational units:

  • Air Wing Unit 
  • Computer Crimes Unit 
  • Criminal Information and Identification Section
  • Criminal Intelligence Services 
  • Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit
  • Special Services Unit 

Airplanes and Surveillance
The Air Wing duties include aerial surveillance, statewide coordination of the marijuana eradication program, investigative photography, investigative reconnaissance, and fugitive transport associated with criminal investigations.

Computer Crimes Investigations
Agents with the Computer Crimes Unit investigate crimes perpetrated by use of a computer, computer systems or computer networks. The unit is responsible for statewide coordination of the investigation of computer and Internet crimes. It is responsible for the administration of the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Criminal Information and Identification Section -- Background Checks and Identification 
The Criminal Information and Identification Section provides help to the SBI, law enforcement, and citizens of North Carolina with background checks and identification as well as crime reporting programs for criminal statistics.

CIIS is the central repository for criminal history information based on fingerprint identification. We operate the Statewide Automated Fingerprint Identification System (SAFIS). We also train, audit, and approve access to the DCI Network (DCIN) which is used to exchange criminal justice and law enforcement information within North Carolina, state and nationwide. CIIS maintains and oversees the N.C. Sex Offender Registry with information supplied by North Carolina sheriffs.

Criminal Intelligence Services -- Crime Tips and Information Analysis 
Intelligence Services is responsible for the collection, classification, and sharing of criminal intelligence information to local, state, and federal law enforcement. The unit also oversees the management and daily operation of the North Carolina Information Sharing and Analysis Center, NCISAAC, also called the fusion center, in partnerships with other state, local, and federal agencies.

Diversion and Envrionmental Crimes Unit -- Prescription Drug Theft and Environmental Crimes
The Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit conducts specialized criminal investigations involving diversion of controlled drugs by physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other health care professionals. This unit also investigate drug diversion (theft committed by fraud), sometimes by organized drug rings.

The Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit investigates environmental crimes that involve the illegal storage, transportation or disposal of hazardous waste, illegal discharges into state waterways, air quality violations and other state or federal environmental crimes.

Financial Crimes Investigations Unit
The Financial Crime Investigations Unit conducts investigations involving complex white collar crimes such as embezzlement, false pretense and corporate malfeasance as well as other financial crimes. The unit also assists other SBI special agents in financial crime investigations and provides support in developing financial motives for arson and homicide. In addition, the Financial Crime Investigations Unit assists local, state, and federal drug task forces to identify assets of drug traffickers, to trace the flow of illicit cash for criminal prosecution, and assist with asset seizure and forfeiture proceedings. The unit is heavily involved in political corruption investigations when a financial motive is involved.

Special Agent in Charge: Mike East

Medicaid Criminal Investigations
The Medicaid Criminal Investigation Unit investigates fraud committed by Medicaid health care providers and the physical abuse of patients in the Medicaid-funded facilities. The unit investigates embezzlement, theft, violations of federal sanctions and the improper commingling of patients' funds in Medicaid-funded facilities.

A Medicaid provider includes any individual, corporation or other entity, and their officers and employees, paid by Medicaid for providing a health care service.

The Medicaid Criminal Investigations Unit works with N.C. Department of Justice attorneys, investigators, and auditors, all of whom are trained in the complexities of health care fraud investigation and health care fraud litigation. In addition, the unit works closely with United States attorneys, district attorneys, federal and state law enforcement agencies and private insurance company fraud units. In the past fiscal year, such collaborative work has resulted in the recovery of approximately $40 million dollars for the Medicaid Program.

Special Services Unit -- Technical Services, Drugs, Bombs and Response
The Special Services Unit has highly specialized agents assigned to the following investigative areas:

  • Clandestine Laboratory Response Program -- handles explosive meth labs
  • Crisis Negotiation -- with barricaded subjects and hostage takes
  • Criminal Apprehension Program -- to trackdown and arrest fugitive and crime suspects as well as assist missing/endangered person cases
  • Special Response Team -- responds to hostage situations, barricaded suspects, high-risk search warrants and arrests, or high-level security events
  • Technical Services -- provides sophisticated assistance in audio, video and surveillance
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction/Hazardous Devices -- handles bombs, biological weapons and other explosives