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Criminal Investigations

The Criminal Investigations division is comprised of the following four sub-divisions: General Investigations, Vice/Narcotic Unit, the Crime Lab and Evidence. The division is responsible for specialized investigations that go beyond the routine response of daily operations of the department and require that its personnel have specialized skills and training.

General Investigations is responsible for the follow-up investigations of all major criminal offenses. Cases are assigned according to solvability factors, seriousness of the offense and past history. The Drug Unit is responsible for developing strategies to combat drug offenses in our community.

The Crime Lab is a support unit of the Salisbury Police Department that responds to assist Patrol Officers and Detectives in the collection and preservation of evidence at crime scenes using specialized equipment. The Crime Lab also oversees fingerprint analysis and classification.

The Property and Evidence Technician is in charge of safeguarding, preserving, and documenting all items turned into the Salisbury Police Department.

Crime Analysis

Want to know what the crime is like in your area, or see crime trends for the past 4 years? Request a Crime Analysis Report using our form below. This form is required for any data request from our Crime Analyst.

Crime Analysis Request Form (PDF)

Contact Us

130 E. Liberty St.
Salisbury, NC 28144

Emergencies: 911

Non-Emergencies: (704) 638-5333

Melonie Thompson

Criminal Investigations Bureau Captain

Melonie Thompson
(704) 638-2091


Captain Melonie Thompson is a 23-year veteran of the law enforcement profession. She is a graduate of McDowell High School in Marion, N.C. and graduated from Appalachian State University with a major in psychology, minor in criminal justice with a concentration in mental health. While attending ASU, she completed her internship with the Salisbury Police Department. She later attended RCCC, where she learned and became fluent in sign language.

During her tenure at SPD, she has served as a Patrol Officer, S.A.F.E. Team (Selected Areas for Enforcement targeting street level drugs and gangs, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Operations Lieutenant (District Commander-North District), Special Operations Lieutenant (Traffic Unit, K-9 Unit, Special Events, Fleet), Captain of Operations (Traffic Unit, PIT, Extra duty, Grant Research, and Patrol Division, ABC Permits, Parade and Street Closure Permits, Precious Metal Permits manager.

Thompson holds the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Law Enforcement certifications by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training & Standards Commission. Completed the Administrative Officers Management Program, International Association Chiefs of Police for the Women’s Leadership Institute Training. Graduate from the City of Salisbury’s inaugural City Manager’s Leadership Academy.

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