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Investigations Division


WHAT's New In the Police Department Investigations Division:

BEPD Investigations would like to introduce and welcome their new investigators, Investigator Michael Cristol and Investigator Noel Peterson. 


Investigator Michael Cristol is in his 17th year of sworn law enforcement and comes to the box having served as a K9 Handler, Field Training Officer, Special Victims Unit Detective, Auto Theft Detective and Patrol Officer. 

Michael is an advocate for community involvement as such, served for eight years as a Head Coach for his former community's High School Swim Team.

Michael and his family relocated to the Black Hills and took advantage of summer camping in the hills, are active with the Boy Scouts and just toured the iconic Iron Mountain Road over the weekend for the first time! Michael says his favorite aspect of the BEPD, and City of Box Elder is "The tight knit community here and, how the different aspects of city government work together as well as they do."

Investigator Noel Peterson is joined the BEPD by way of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and it a proud US Airforce and Law Enforcement Veteran. Noel and family have like many others who find themselves in the heart of South Dakota; fallen head over heels for the Black Hills and all the wonders therein. Trivial points that fellow officers of Noel have noted are his talents with an illustrator’s pen are impressive and, he is a Batman fan through and through!


The investigations division is comprised of a Sergeant, 2 Investigators and a School Resource Officer. They are responsible for the investigation of all crimes, big and small. The Investigators are always available to assist patrol in investigations. They conduct interviews, interrogations, forensic services at crime scenes, serve search warrants in and out of the City and work with all our partner agencies to bring criminals to justice.

If you have any information about a crime that has occurred or may occur, please click on the “Report a Crime” button below to connect with our investigators.

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