Columbia County Crime

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is responsible for law enforcement in the 290 square miles that make up Columbia County, Georgia. Organizational divisions include Administrative Services, the Criminal Investigative Division, Community Services, Detention Center, Professional Standards, Special Operations and Patrol Division.

Perhaps the most public face of the Sheriff's Office, the Patrol Division divides Columbia County into 10 patrol beats, and deputies are assigned a permanent beat. Consisting of dozens of certified law enforcement officers, the Patrol Division is organized into four squads, consisting of a lieutenant, staff sergeant, sergeant and 13 deputies. Officers are on duty for twelve-hour shifts, on a four days on and four days off schedule.

The Special Operations Division consists of a Crime Suppression Unit, Traffic Unit, Mountain Bike Patrol and a Vice and Narcotics Unit. A K-9 team is maintained for manhunts and drug interdiction.

Information courtesy Columbia County Sheriff's Office website.


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Grovetown chief to name advisory board

GROVETOWN — Three weeks into his new job as Grovetown’s Public Safety director, Gary Jones is wasting little time putting policies and programs in place to address growing pains the Columbia ...
By Wesley Brown | Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Trial near for mom charged in toddler death

A woman charged with the 2013 death of her toddler could be tried in the next few months.
By Valerie Rowell | Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Supreme Court denies Sentinel appeal

In an unanimous decision released Thursday, the Georgia Supreme Court denied a motion for reconsideration filed by Sentinel Offender Services.
By Sandy Hodson | Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Plaintiffs counter Sentinel's plea to state Supreme Court

Plaintiffs in the civil rights lawsuits against Sentinel Offender Services have fired off a counterattack to Sentinel's plea to the Georgia Supreme Court to reconsider.
By Sandy Hodson | Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Holiday crime perceived as greater threat

Richmond County officials say the holiday season puts more people at risk of becoming victims of property crimes, but the numbers tell a different story.
By Travis Highfield | Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Accused promoter files for bankruptcy

An Augusta promoter arrested last month on theft-related charges over accusations that he hadn't paid his business debts filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy the day after he got out of jail.
By Sandy Hodson | Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Scott Dean's petition denied

A judge denied a writ of habeas corpus for the former Columbia County commissioner, who is in prison despite having his accuser recant her molestation.
By Valerie Rowell | Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Sketches still important law enforcement tool

Despite few appearances in Augusta media over the past decade, officials say composite sketches remain of among the most powerful tools in both Georgia and South Carolina.
By Travis Highfield | Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014

Grovetown hires Harlem police chief

Grovetown officials announced Tuesday that they hired Harlem's police chief to take over the Grovetown Department of Public Safety.
By Valerie Rowell | Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Brother of man involved in steroid probe denied bond

Cameron "Ryan" Paquette, accused of two counts of making terroristic threats, was denied bond Tuesday.
By Sandy Hodson | Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Scott Dean, family still wait

Scott Dean and his family are still waiting on the ruling by a Tattnall County judge on his writ of habeas corpus.
By Valerie Rowell | Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Georgia, S.C., announce rules for sex offenders on Halloween

Sex offenders currently on parole will be subjected to increased supervision this Halloween and won't be allowed to participate in holiday events.
By Doug Stutsman | Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

New charges for sex offender

A man convicted of sex charges in Columbia County, who then went to prison for child molestation in south Georgia is back behind bars.
By Valerie Rowell | Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Officials: Property damage increases on Halloween

Insurance companies say they see an uptick in homeowners claims related to vandalism during Halloween week.
By Wesley Brown | Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

Jury acquits Harlem man of drug charges

One of the men accused of conspiring to funnel large amounts of methamphetamine from Mexico to the Augusta area was acquitted at trial.
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

Crime stats could be inaccurate reflection

Reports have violent crimes dropped in Richmond and Columbia counties for the second consecutive year in 2013, following a nationwide trend. 
By Travis Highfield | Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014

Suspect in slaying extradited

A Florida man indicted in the Aug. 14 killing of a Martinez man was extradited to Columbia County on Friday.
By Valerie Rowell | Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

Slaying suspect's transportation being finalized

Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said the only thing that stands between Daniel Nelson Robinson and a Columbia County jail cell is a ride from Jacksonville, Fla. 
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

State high court asks questions in Sentinel case

Georgia Supreme Court justices peppered both sides with questions during oral arguments in the legal battle over private probation.
By Sandy Hodson | Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

West Lake employee arrested on drug charges

An employee of a Martinez golf and country club was arrested and accused of drug possession at work.
By Valerie Rowell | Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
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