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Bill Ratcliff

Prior to his work as a private detective, investigator Bill Ratcliff began his law enforcement career with the Wilmington, NC, Police Department. He was promoted to detective with the Wilmington city and county Vice and Narcotics Unit. He next served as senior narcotics detective the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, where he investigated cases in collaboration with the DEA, FBI and SBI.

In 1997, Bill Ratcliff was selected to serve as a Federal Task Force agent for the DEA in Brunswick and New Hanover counties. Along with law enforcement agencies like the DEA and the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, he investigated large crime organization along the East Coast. Several of these investigations led to the seizure of thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs.

Bill served as a lieutenant narcotics officer for the Pender County sheriff’s office starting in 2003. He built the department from the ground up and launched an Interstate Interdiction Team-responsible for thousands of dollars in illegal drug seizures within its first weeks. He also continued his collaboration with the DEA, FBI, SBI and other law enforcement agencies.

He brings over 24 years of investigative experience and training to your investigation, ensuring your case will be handled professionally and with a thorough understanding of all its requirements.

In 2012, Bill was elected as Vice-President of the NCPI Association.


  • Basic Law Enforcement Certification, 1988
  • State (NC) Law Enforcement Certification, 1988
  • Impact Weapons Training, 1992
  • Officer Survival Training, 1993
  • Special Operations Reconnaissance Course, 1995
  • Physical Surveillance, 1995
  • Firearms Training and Qualifications, Yearly
  • Criminal Investigations Techniques, 1995
  • Drug Informant Training, beginning 1992, (several more classes since then)
  • Undercover Strategies 1996
  • Drug Raid Planning, 1996
  • Booby Trap Training, 1996
  • Auto Theft Investigations, 1996
  • Suicide Investigations, 1996
  • Crime Scene Investigations, 1996
  • Interview and Interrogation, 1996
  • Death Investigation, 1996
  • Serial Killer Training, 1996
  • Multi-Agency Investigative Teams Training, 1996
  • Criminal Interdiction Patrol Training, 1996
  • Street Level Drug Enforcement, 1996
  • Managing Criminal Enforcement I & II, 1997
  • Managing Drug Enforcement, I & II, 1997
  • Search & Seizure Training, 1997 (and many other times)
  • Conspiracy Cases, 1997
  • Arson Investigation, 1997
  • Clandestine Lab School Certification, DEA, Quantico, VA, 1998
  • Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Law Enforcement Certifications
  • Extensive surveillance training (video cameras, body wires, etc.)