Criminal Investigation Division – Captain Katina Dicks
Mission Statement: It is the commitment of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) to strive for excellence and professionalism; to provide compassion and understanding while diligently working for the citizens in their time of need.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is comprised of multiple units that assist local, state and federal government agencies by collecting, analyzing, and disseminating criminal intelligence information throughout the state and nation to support criminal investigations. The Divisions units are broken down into the following investigative teams: Crime Scene, Property and Person. Additionally within the Division there are special investigative units that conduct investigations in the following areas: Multi Jurisdictional Task Force, Warrants, and Special Investigations.
In addition to these duties CID is responsible for the administrative support of the Sheriff’s Office through Evidence, Property Room, Records, and Victim Services.
Detectives are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on a rotational basis, to respond to emergency investigative needs but are normally available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to provide assistance when needed.
The Crime Scene Unit identifies, collects, preserves and conducts examinations of physical evidence recovered at crime scenes, accident locations and other investigations. The unit also provides technical assistance to the Sheriff’ Office staff, State Attorney, and other agencies as necessary. The members of the unit are trained on the use of alternate light sources, scientific chemical testing, advanced photography techniques, advanced fingerprint lifting techniques, and latent print examination. The unit can process any crime scene from a minor incident to major homicide.
Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force
The Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force is a multi-agency task force that is primarily used to identify and arrest individuals or criminal organizations in the sale and distribution of illegal or controlled substances. The Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force, originated in 1997, is comprised of Sheriff’s Office Detectives and officers from other local, State and Federal Agencies. Information comes from members of the general public and other informants which allow the Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force to remove drugs from Columbia County. The Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force would not be effective without the help provided by the community. If you have any information regarding narcotics activity, you may contact the Drug Task Force at (386) 754-7043 or by sending an anonymous tip to the following email address.www.columbiacrimestoppers.net.
The function of the Special Investigations Section is to protect the integrity of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and its personnel, both sworn and non-sworn.
A proper relationship between the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Columbia County fostered by confidence and trust, is essential to effective law enforcement. Sheriff’s personnel must be free to exercise their best judgment and to initiate action in a reasonable, lawful, impartial manner without fear of reprisal. At the same, they must observe the rights of all people.
This system of complaint and disciplinary procedures not only subjects the officer to corrective action when they conduct their self improperly, but also protects them from unwarranted criticism when they discharge their duties properly
The Warrants Section is currently comprised of one full-time Deputy. The primary responsibility of the Warrants Deputy is to locate and arrest persons sought on misdemeanor and felony warrants and other criminal process issued within the circuit court of Columbia County. The priority is on felony warrants and related criminal process. The Deputy also locates and arrests fugitives who are wanted in other jurisdictions that seek refuge in Columbia County.
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