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Violent Crimes Division

The Violent Crimes Division, headed by Captain Cecil Brisbon, is comprised of two specialized units that handle deaths of an unusual or suspicious nature, as well as violent circumstances.

Under the Violent Crimes UnitLt. Alex Watson oversees the CMPD's Homicide/ADW Unit (Assault with Deadly Weapon Unit). This unit is dedicated to serving the citizens of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. We are responsible for investigating all homicides, assaults which result in serious/critical injury to the victim, suicides and unattended deaths with unusual circumstances. We also handle police officer-involved incidents.


The Major Crimes Unit, commanded by Lt. Melanie Peacock, is a special unit within the Criminal Investigations Bureau that assigns Detectives to robbery and sexual assault cases. The Robbery Unit, the Sexual Assault Unit and the ABC Unit comprise the Major Crimes Unit.

Armed Robbery Unit
The responsibility of the Armed Robbery Unit is to investigate all armed robberies, commercial common law robberies, and any robbery in which there was serious injury.  The mission of the unit is to investigate, identify, apprehend all suspects and to ensure the quality and integrity of the investigation.  The Robbery Unit  takes a proactive approach to the investigation of robbery cases, utilizing problem solving techniques and models in an effort to prevent the next crime.

Sexual Assault Unit
The Sexual Assault Unit works closely with the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office during an investigation of an adult sexual assault and other sex related offenses that falls within the jurisdiction of CMPD. This unit is dedicated to providing assistance to all sexual assault victims through awareness, education, information and resources with respect and dignity victims deserve. We make every effort to provide our services to victims in a compassionate, efficient and just manner