Criminal Investigations

Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division

Once a uniformed deputy takes the initial criminal complaint the officer usually follows-up the case as far as time permits since the first two hours are the best time to solve the case. The Investigators then conduct the follow-up investigation. Investigators also prepare affidavits for arrest warrants, search warrants, interview victims, witnesses, and suspects, liason with other agencies and perform many other related duties. Investigators are ultimately responsible for the evidence collected by the entire Sheriff’s Office and maintain the integrity of the evidence until it is needed in court and or it is ordered to be destroyed.

The Investigations Division specializes in:

  • Crime Scene Processing
  • Forensic Evidence Collection
  • Photo Line-ups
  • Handwriting Exemplars
  • Fingerprinting
  • Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Investigations
  • Domestic Violence Investigations
  • Extensive Burglary Investigations
  • Robbery and Theft Investigations
  • Homicides
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  • Suicides or Suspicious Deaths
  • Surveillance and Undercover Operations

The purpose of CID is to investigate all types of crimes occurring within Independence County, to determine the identity of perpetrators of these crimes based upon the facts and evidence, to arrest or cause the issuance of arrest warrants where appropriate and to coordinate with the prosecuting attorney throughout the criminal prosecution of the offender.

You can learn about some of the cases we are actively working below, and maybe you can help us.

Meet the members of the Criminal Investigations Division