Captain Justin Hewett
The Detective Division consists of a group of highly trained investigators. The Columbus County Sheriff's Office Detective Division is under the direction of the Division Commander - Captain who is responsible for the overall operation of the division.
The primary function of the Detective Division is to conduct follow-up investigations of crimes. Cases are reviewed by the Detective Captain or Lieutenant and assigned to investigators. Detectives with specialized training are assigned cases to investigate based on their expertise.
Case assignments are generally based on the following categories: Violent Crimes/Homicides, Sexual Assault, Missing Persons, Financial Crimes, Property Crimes and Juvenile Offenders.
Deputies selected for assignment to the Detective Division are chosen for their knowledge, skills and abilities they exhibited as patrol deputies and for their desire to do the specific job for which they have applied. Members of the Detective Division receive specialized training to help them develop into capable interviewers and investigators.
Specialized training allows the Detective Division to conduct Crime Scene Investigations and to process some types of evidence within the Sheriff’s Office laboratory. One Detective has received training as a fingerprint examiner utilizing a modern database that connects to other agencies around the country. Another Detective has been trained to conduct polygraph examinations to assist in investigations. The Detective Division assists neighboring law enforcement agencies by providing these specialized services on request.
Every case is important to the Detectives investigating the crimes. Their first priority is to take care of the victims and protect the innocent. This is the core value of the Detective Division of the Columbus County Sheriff's Office.
When the Detectives are assigned cases, they make contact with the victims and introduce themselves. The Detectives conduct follow-up interviews and discuss the preliminary aspects of the cases. The Detectives then begin to examine and explore every aspect of their cases and follow any leads that are present. These leads are often in the form of witness information, physical evidence (fingerprints, DNA, etc.), apparent methods of operation (MO), or a strong intuitive feeling of the Detective that is based on their knowledge, training and experience.
The Detectives also work with many other agencies to investigate cases and to share information. The Detective Division works with State and Federal Law Enforcement agencies on many high profile cases and cases involving multiple jurisdictions.
Through the diligent efforts of the personnel assigned to this Division we have attacked issues the members of our community have shared with us as being detrimental to the quality of life in Columbus County.
While it is difficult to truly reflect in words the commitment that our detectives put into their assignments, their accomplishments tend to speak for themselves.