The Criminal Investigation Division is comprised of General Investigations, Juvenile Investigations, Crime Scene Investigations, Gang Investigations, Special Operations and School Resource Officers. The General Investigative branch investigates crimes against persons and property for example: Homicide, Aggravated Assault, Rape, Burglary, Theft, Vehicle Theft, Forgery and Fraud as well as many other crimes committed against a person or property. School Resource Officers assigned to the middle schools and high school are also under the canopy of criminal investigations.
Each investigative division relies heavily on Crime Scene Investigators who use cutting edge technology and methods to obtain DNA, fingerprint lifts, photographs and other evidence of forensic value from crime scenes. Investigators are responsible for recovering stolen property, gathering forensic evidence, processing evidence, maintaining evidence, victim/witness interviews and interrogating suspects. Investigators compile all gathered information into a case file that is presented to the courts for prosecution.
The Special Operations division is responsible for investigations related to the sale, manufacturing, and distribution of illegal narcotics. This unit also investigates various other vice related complaints to include gambling, prostitution, and illegal alcohol sales. Deputies assigned to this division work in an undercover “plain clothes” capacity. Special Operations deputies work closely with our citizens, surrounding agencies, state agencies and federal authorities to ensure the war on drugs never ends.
The C.A.G.E. Unit works tirelessly to curtail the activities of criminal street gangs. The C.A.G.E. unit conducts and assists with investigations related to narcotics, weapons, gang activity and any other crimes related to criminal enterprises or street gangs. The C.A.G.E. unit identifies, documents, and prosecutes known gang members with the ultimate goal of disrupting and dismantling criminal street gangs that prey on citizens of Spalding County. C.A.G.E. investigators spend countless hours investigating cases to ensure criminal gang activity is identified and prosecuted in accordance with the Georgia Criminal Street Gang act.
The Victim Services Unit falls under criminal investigations and is a grant funded service that ensures that crime victims are cared for and supported. Victims and witnesses receive information about court appearances, bonding and prison release information of perpetrators in crimes they are affected by, offer financial assistance or assistance with housing if needed, and provides transportation for crime victims if needed. The program is coordinated by Mrs. Irma Lewis.