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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.)

Christopher Bradley

Collectively, I have 20 years of experience in patrol, investigations, SWAT tactics, training, and managerial positions within three different law enforcement agencies.  My investigative experiences have presented opportunities to work as a Task Force Officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration. I have played various roles in federal, state, and local investigations.  Because I was the entry team member of a SWAT team, I gained extensive experience in physical surveillance and counter surveillance.  I have interviewing and interrogation experience resulting in the confession of many significant cases. The past 20 years as a sworn law enforcement officer has taught me case management, how to conduct investigations, and prepare for court.     

In addition to my career as an officer, I have 10 years of experience as an instructor for students of law enforcement at Coastal Carolina Community College. I specialize in subject control (state and federal certifications), narcotic detection, active shooter (state and federal certification), solo response active shooter, crisis intervention training, and physical fitness.  Some courses were taught to local, state, and federal law enforcement officers.  For the community, I have conducted threat assessments at schools, churches, and businesses. I consider myself to be an asset to the community.


  • University of Mount Olive June 2013-December 2015
    Bachelor of Science: Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • North Carolina Justice Academy
    Continuing Education courses in the following:
    • Coastal Carolina Community College (1999)
      Basic Law Enforcement Training (Pilot)
    • North Carolina Justice Academy (2001)
      First Amendment Concerns for Public Employers
    • United States Department of Labor (2003)
      Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer and Labor Services
    • North Carolina Department of Labor (2003)
    • Completion of Apprenticeship
    • Cape Fear Community College (2003)
      North Carolina Justice Academy
      Police Law Institute
    • United States Department of Homeland Security (2006)
      FEMA ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
    • Laboratory For Scientific Interrogation (2008)
      L.S.I. Course on Scientific Content Analysis
    • Laboratory For Scientific Interrogation (2008)
      L.S.I. Advanced Workshop on Scientific Content Analysis
    • Craven Community College (2008)
      Physical Surveillance
    • North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission (2009)
      General Instructor Certification
    • Coastal Carolina Community College (2009)
      Basic Undercover Operations
    • Cape Fear Community College (2009)
      Crisis Intervention Team Training
    • Cape Fear Community College (2009)
      Crisis Management Intervention Program
    • North Carolina Justice Academy (2009)
      Fundamentals of the Investigative Process
    • United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (2009)
      Basic Narcotic Investigator School
    • North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission (2010)
      Physical Fitness Instructor Certification
    • North Carolina Justice Academy (2011)
      Interview and Interrogations
    • North Carolina Justice Academy (2014)
      Specialized Subject Control/Arrest Techniques Instructor Training
    • North Carolina Justice Academy (2017)
      Advanced Field Training Officer
    • North Carolina Justice Academy (2017)
      Field Training Officer Supervisor
    • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (2017)
      Basic Tactics Instructor Training Program
    • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (2017)
      Active Shooter Threat Instructor Training Program