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Criminal Investigations Division

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During the 2018 calendar year, the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division has been comprised of eight Detectives, one Sergeant and one Corporal.  For the majority of 2018, two of the eight Detectives were primarily assigned to the Child Advocacy Center where they were tasked with investigating allegations of Child Abuse.  Two Detectives were assigned to the Megan’s Law Unit and were responsible for monitoring registered sex offenders in Cecil County.  The remaining four Detectives are classified as “general” Detectives and were assigned various cases to include, but not limited to, burglary, robbery, financial crimes and death investigations. 

In 2018, two Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division continued to administer and monitor RAPIDS (Regional Automated Property Information Database) for Cecil County to ensure locally operated pawn shops comply with county ordinances.  Detectives initiated a proactive investigation into a local second-hand shop located on Pulaski Highway in reference to violation of the Pawn/Secondhand Dealer County Ordinance and the DLLR State Law.  This investigation ultimately resulted in a search warrant being executed at the business and criminal charges being issued.   CID investigated a total of 478 cases during the 2018 calendar year.   This included 127 Part I cases and 351 Part II cases. 

Throughout the year Detectives have initiated 126 cases that were investigated with the Department of Social Services.  CID served a total of 165 children at the Child Advocacy Center.  This is a 47% increase from calendar year 2017.  These cases would include Child Sexual Abuse, Child Physical Abuse, Child Neglect and Child Fatality investigations.

The Megan’s Law Unit monitors approximately 180 convicted sex offenders throughout Cecil County, and makes arrests on those registered who fail to comply with registration laws.  In 2018, a Detective from the Megan’s Law Unit spoke at a church event in Elkton, MD where attendees were educated about sex offender awareness.

Cecil County Sheriff’s’ Office established a Special Response Team (S.R.T.), tactically trained and equipped to provide support in serving high-risk warrants and responding to incidents beyond the capabilities of regular patrol deputies.  The S.R.T. also supports the Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) in critical incidents involving hostages, barricaded persons, and crisis negotiations.  The S.R.T. also supports the Mobile Field Force during their deployments and the Corrections Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.), if requested.  


Criminal Investigations Division Commander


Michael Holmes

Phone:  410.392.2109

Fax:  410.620.0622



Ken Russell


Criminal Investigations Division


Kenneth Russell

Phone:  410.392.2117

Fax:  410.620.0622





Criminal Investigations Division


Erin Nehila

Phone:  410.392.2116

Fax:  410.620.0622

Pictured Above:  On 12/13/16 CID received the 37th Annual Governor's Crime Prevention Award for their work in partnership with Maryland State Police Investigators in shutting down a Robbery / Burglary ring that led to the capture and arrest of 9 suspects for cases in both Maryland and Pennsylvania.