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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Man charged with attacking father with golf club

A Grovetown man was charged Tuesday after authorities say he attacked his father with a golf club.
By Valerie Rowell | Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Augusta businessman accused of sex with teen

An Augusta businessman was recently arrested after being accused of having sex with and delivering sex toys to an Evans teen.
By Valerie Rowell | Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

Grovetown man denied bond in child molestation case

A Grovetown man who allegedly told a mother he would pay $200 to spend alone time with her children was denied bond and remains in police custody.
By Doug Stutsman | Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Pharmacy tech gets 5-year prison term

A former pharmacy technician who put hundreds of narcotic pain killers on the street pleaded guilty Thursday to multiple felonies.
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

Headlight violations difficult to enforce

Police have noticed a recent trend in ultra-bright -- and sometimes improperly installed -- headlights on area roads. However, it's not something that officers have been able to enforce with any ...
By Travis Highfield | Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015

Golf coach acquitted of child molestation

The jury found Jay S. Brooks, former golf coach at Augusta Preparatory Day School, not guilty of child molestation and of the lesser offense of sexual battery.
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

2 arrested in connection to school burglaries

Two people connected to at least three burglaries in Columbia County were recently arrested for a burglary in South Carolina.
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

Cars left heating up are high theft risks

Police said they're continuing to see thefts of vehicles being "warmed up" in driveways or kept warm at gas stations and other businesses.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

For some, police work all in the family

Family ties aren't uncommon in local law enforcement - and while some officers find comfort in working alongside relatives, others say it can be equally stressful.
By Travis Highfield | Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015

Sheriff's nephew pleads guilty in pot case

Walter Taylor Hensley, 23, pleaded guilty to trafficking marijuana. Although the crime carries a mandatory minimum five-year prison term, Judge Daniel J. Craig sentenced him to 10 years on ...
By Sandy Hodson | Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

2 men arrested in Walgreens crash

Two men, one believed to have crashed into a Martinez drugstore last week, were arrested early Sunday.
By Valerie Rowell | Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Driver sought after truck crashes into drugstore

Authorities are looking for a man who crashed his truck into the front door of the Wal­greens drug store at Furys Ferry and Evans to Locks roads Friday morning.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Martinez man arrested in trespassing, fleeing event

A Martinez man was arrested for driving under the influence and attempting to elude Grovetown sheriff's deputies.
By Doug Stutsman | Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Man arrested for throwing Molotov cocktails

Gerald Snodgrass was arrested for throwing Molotov cocktails at a Grovetown home. Snodgrass is charged with first-degree damage to property and criminal attempt to murder.
By Doug Stutsman | Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

Death investigations are an emotional challenge

Area coroners say death investigations are among the most emotionally taxing things a person can do. However, the desire to help others through difficult times keeps them going.
By Travis Highfield | Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

Kidnap attempt suspects sought

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has photos of two men they say tried to kidnap a man on Thursday.
By Valerie Rowell | Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Columbia County kidnap attempt reported

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is searching for two men accused of trying to kidnap a man Thursday.
By Doug Stutsman | Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Father charged with forcing son to re-enact movie sex scene with dog

Police said a Martinez father was charged with child molestation after a YouTube video showed him instructing his son to re-create a movie sex scene with his dog.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

Teen charged with BMX track damage pleads not guilty

An Evans teen charged with extensively damaging Columbia County's new BMX track can remain out on bond, a judge said Friday. The 16-year-old pleaded not guilty to felony second-degree criminal ...
By Valerie Rowell | Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

Repairs to BMX/skate park to top $50,000

Columbia County officials said the latest damage estimate from an incident of vandalism at Blanchard Woods Park over the Christmas holiday has risen to $57,000.
By Steve Crawford | Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
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