Criminal Investigations Division




Capt. Charlie Thomas, with Lt. Debbie Richmond oversee the general and juvenile investigations and Lt. Brad Tate oversees the SCU.

CID conducts inquiries into major fe lony offenses including: homicide, suicide, kidnapping, rape, sexual assault, burglary, robbery, theft, fraud, internet crimes, arson and crimes against children and the elderly.  In addition, some other cases, including misdemeanor cases, are assigned to investigators based upon department protocol.  An example would be a missing/endangered person.

SCU investigates crimes such as gambling, prostitution, sale of alcohol/cigarettes to minors along with drug related crimes including the sale of narcotics, diversion of prescription medications and internet drug crimes. SCU also serves a major role in the gathering, processing and dissemination of criminal intelligence.

CID and SCU also assist the Patrol, Community Programs and Administrative divisions by providing expertise, equipment and manpower at the scene of major crimes, accidents and other incidents of a significant nature and by teaching classes to officers, civilian personnel and members of the Citizen and Teen Police Academies.

CID houses the Department's Domestic Violence officer, Sgt. Jason McCready, who reviews all domestic violence incidents that occur in the City to ensure the safety of the victim.    Victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact Sgt. McCready for assistance with their cases such as obtaining an order of protection or for referral to other victim services organizations.  (See Victim's Services page for more info)

One member of the SCU is also assigned to the Second Judicial District Drug Taskforce.  The 2nd DTF is responsible for conducting long-term investigations on major drug suppliers that operate within Sullivan County and is a cooperative effort between the Sullivan County District Attorney's Office, the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, the Kingsport Police Department and the Bristol Tennessee Police Department.

CID phone numbers and e-mail addresses

CID, along with the Records Division, maintains a webpage listing persons currently wanted for committing criminal acts within our jurisdiction or who are consider missing/endangered.  Persons featured on this page are subject to a criminal summons, arrest warrant or are the subject of a missing person investigation.  Following the link below to view the:





MORE INFORMATION FRAUD/SCAMS Identity Theft Internet Fraud Complaints




An important part of the CID/SCU mission is the gathering of criminal intelligence.  In furtherance of that mission the department has established the TIPS phone and e-mail accounts.  These were set up to allow people to report instances of suspicious or criminal activity without the need to reveal their identity. We need your help to solve crimes, arrest criminals, recover stolen property and seize illegal drugs.  That's why the TIPS phone and e-mail lines are offered.

The TIPS phone line is accessed by calling (423) 764-TIPS (764-8477).  The e-mail address is Anyone providing information may remain anonymous if they wish, persons who identify themselves may be eligible for a reward should the information they provide result in an arrest. Any offer of a reward will be based upon several factors including, but not limited to, the severity of the crime, the accuracy and usefulness of the information provided and the Department's ability to independently verify the information and successfully prosecute the offender.

The TIPS phone line is answered during normal business hours.  If you do not get an answer you may leave the information in the form of a voice mail message or you may leave a name and phone number and someone will return your call. The e-mail address is checked several times daily during normal business hours. However, if you have time sensitive information please contact the Communication Center at 423-989-5600.  That will ensure that we are able to act on the provided information as efficiently as possible.

All information received through the TIPS phone and e-mail will be forwarded to the proper division of the department for appropriate follow-up and investigation.

TIPS line callers or e-mailers who wish to remain anonymous will never have their identity revealed.  Those who wish to receive a return call should include contact information in their message. 


Street Crimes Unit

The Police Department's Street Crime Unit, under the direction of the Criminal Investigations Division, conducts inquiries into drug and vice complaints within the city, targeting street to mid-level dealers, prostitution and gambling.

The Street Crimes Unit also assists CID and patrol by operating in an undercover role and providing equipment and assistance for conducting video and audio surveillance of suspects.

The basis of many Street Crime Unit investigations are citizen provided tips.  Anyone with information on illegal drug activity within the city can report it either by contacting Unit Officers directly at 423-989-5532 or by calling the Department's TIPS line at 423-764-TIPS (764-8477).

Follow this link for SCU contact information:  SCU phone numbers and e-mail addresses