The Investigations Bureau, also known as the “Investigation Command” is under the direction of Deputy Chief Carl Anderson. (pictured on left) Deputy Chief Carl E. Anderson began his law enforcement career in 1970 when he was hired by then Sheriff Jim Williams to be a uniformed patrol officer. After proving that he was more than a capable deputy, Chief Anderson was promoted to criminal investigator and found a home in that division. While working a myriad of cases, he developed an expertise in homicides (investigating several hundred in his career) and continued his education by earning his college degree.
Anderson soon became commander of the division and served as its chief investigator. When asked to explain why he chose that profession, he replied "I love investigating. I'm a thinker and an observer. I'm not a big talker," said Anderson, adding that he never raises his voice in his work. "If you use the right approach, you won't have any problems."
In 1989, Anderson left the Sheriff’s Office and became a Magistrate Judge. Two years later, he was elevated to Chief Magistrate and held that position until he retired from Summary Court in 2000. He then opened a private investigative agency (CEA'S) and operated it for eight years. Sheriff John Skipper, upon being elected in 2008, brought the Chief back to command the Investigations Bureau. When Skipper was asked about the hierarchy of his office he said, “I looked around: Who am I going to get to be my second-in-command? First thing that came to my mind was Carl Anderson.”
In February of 2011, the building in which the Sheriff’s Office is housed, was renamed the Carl Anderson Law Enforcement Center to acknowledge his service of over forty years to the law enforcement and judicial communities. The plaque that adorns the front reads “The Anderson County Law Enforcement Center is named as a lasting tribute honoring Carl Anderson for his selfless dedication to duty, relentless pursuit of justice and passion to serve and protect the residents of Anderson County.”
Criminal Investigations are the primary work of the Investigation Bureau; however a number of related divisions and units comprise this Bureau. For example, the Support Services Division, which oversees Aviation, Supply, and Training, falls under the Investigation Command. Other Divisions and Units include the Criminal Investigations Division, the Professional Standards Division, School Resource Officer Unit, Forensics, and the Community Services Unit.
A full menu of the various divisions and their associated units can be located at the top of this page.