l Investigations and Victims Advocate - City of Beaufort, South Carolina


Investigators are plainclothes officers who gather facts and collect evidence for criminal cases. Some are assigned to interagency task forces to combat specific types of crime. They conduct interviews, examine records, observe the activities of suspects, and participate in raids or arrests. Detectives and State and Federal agents and inspectors usually specialize in one of a wide variety of violations such as homicide or fraud. They are assigned cases on a rotating basis and work on them until an arrest and conviction occurs or the case is dropped.

The Investigations Lieutenant shall oversee the schedule of each investigator and maintain a 24-hour a day on-call investigative roster.  This will ensure that an investigator is always available to respond to an incident.  

Investigators are sworn personnel who are specifically trained as evidence technicians and/or in conducting criminal investigations.  These individuals conduct follow up investigations and, when practical, initiate preliminary investigations.  The investigator’s primary responsibilities are to gather and view all available evidence in developing probable cause to arrest a subject and present the case in court in order to obtain a conviction.

Also, investigators may be assigned as evidence custodians and/or evidence technicians.  These individuals specialize in safekeeping evidence for court (chain of custody) or processing evidence for latent prints and comparisons.

Master Sergeant George Erdel 843-322-7958

Cpl. Tony Re 843-322-7960

Cpl. Josh Dowling 843-322-7950

Pt3 Charles Raley 843-322-7914

Anonymous Tipline 843-322-7938


In addition, the investigators may, through the course of their investigations develop leads in solving other crimes that have occurred, within or outside of the Beaufort Police Department’s jurisdiction.  The investigators frequently work with investigators from neighboring jurisdictions and frequently share information.



For information on Investigations contact Captain Darrell Gruel at 843-322-7936.