In 1997, the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office implemented a Community Oriented
Policing Unit (COP) which fell under the supervision of the Vice/Narcotics Division's chain of command. The Unit
assisted the Vice/Narcotics Division with investigations of drug related activities. The Unit also assisted with
communities to help solve problems in crime ridden neighborhoods.
In 2004, The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office created an Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team
known as "ICE". The team was responsible for investigations of criminal activities on the US Highways and
Interstate I-85 corridor through the county.
In 2010, Sheriff Alan Norman combined the Community Oriented Policing Unit and the Interstate
Criminal Enforcement Team to create the new Criminal Interdiction Team (CIT). The CIT Team utilizes the best
principles of COP and ICE to target criminal activities within the county. The CIT Team falls under the chain of
the command of the Vice/Narcotics Division.
The Team consists of one Sergeant, one K-9 Handler and five Deputies. The Team supports all units
within the Sheriff's Office. The Team is capable of many functions to include traffic enforcement, assisting the
Vice/Narcotics Division with drug investigations, The Criminal Investigations Division and the Patrol Division
with crime suppression, and conducting street level investigations on controlled substances. The Team also
responds to hot spots within the county to deter criminal activities and to identify perpetrators who commit
breaking & entering, larcenies, drug trafficking, and gang activities.
The Team patrols the US Highways and Interstate I-85 to investigate potential criminal activity
moving throughout the county on our roadways.
The criminal activities include bulk currency smuggling, bulk shipments of narcotics, known or
suspected terrorist and criminal suspects passing through Cleveland County to commit crime or flee from
The Team focuses on problems in higher crime areas and conducts community meetings educate citizens
on how to keep from becoming victims of crime. The Team also establishes and coordinates Community Watch
Programs, where the goal is addressing community members concerns and reducing illegal activities within the
To report possible criminal activity in your community or to schedule a community meeting, call
Sergeant Paul Leigh at 704-484-4939 or 704-484-4887.