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 Public Safety offers locations for Craigslist transactions

The Grovetown Department of Public Safety is encouraging Craigslist buyers to use public safety parking lots to complete transactions.
By Doug Stutsman | Friday, March 27, 2015

Teen to repay damages for BMX track damage

A teen accused of damaging Columbia County's BMX track was ordered to repay the damages.
By Valerie Rowell | Thursday, March 26, 2015

Decision on new Harlem public safety chief expected soon

Harlem's lengthy search to fill its vacant director of public safety position is expected to end this week, city officials said.
By Travis Highfield | Saturday, March 21, 2015

New Grovetown K-9 gets arrest in first week

K-9 Roscoe trained four months before officially joining the Grovetown Police Department. It took him four days to be called into action.
By Doug Stutsman | Friday, March 20, 2015

Man accused of sex with teen granted bond

An Augusta man accused of having sex with an underage teen was granted a bond on Friday.
By Valerie Rowell | Friday, March 20, 2015

Woman accused of stealing from husband's company granted bond

A woman accused of stealing more than $400,000 from her husband's company was granted a bond in teh same amount on Friday.
By Valerie Rowell | Friday, March 20, 2015

Woman sentenced for ramming car into Dollar General

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By Valerie Rowell | Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Case continues against man accused of having sex with teen

The case against an Augusta businessman accused of sex with a teen will continue after a preliminary hearing Tuesday.
By Valerie Rowell | Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Harlem athletic director resigns after burglary arrest

Harlem High School's athletic director resigned Monday after a weekend burglary arrest.
By Valerie Rowell | Monday, March 2, 2015

Few ticketed for 'slowpoke' law

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By Travis Highfield | Sunday, March 1, 2015

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.
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2 arrested in connection to school burglaries

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Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

Cars left heating up are high theft risks

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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
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