Richmond County Crime

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is charged with law enforcement duties in the 328 square miles that make up Richmond County, Georgia.

The Sheriff's Office is made up of nine divisions and numerous specialized teams.

The most visible of these divisions is Field Operations, the public face of the agency. This division operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and its deputies are the first responders to crimes committed within the physical boundaries of Richmond County. Field Operations deputies provide emergency response in life threatening situations and non-emergency assistance to a variety of criminal, traffic, medical and civil matters as well as natural disasters that may impact the overall quality of life. This division also manages several specialized teams.

The newly-created Traffic Division was established by Sheriff Roundtree with the goal of reducing traffic accident and pedestrian deaths through strict enforcement of traffic laws and through education. Traffic enforcement in Richmond County is now data driven and the Traffic Division will concentrate on specific problem areas within the county where there are high incidents of violations or accidents occurring. Mike Padgett Highway, Bobby Jones Expressway and Interstate 20 top the list.

The Court Security Division provides security for Superior, State, Domestic and Juvenile courts, as well as all full and part-time judges and their staffs. Deputies are stationed inside each courtroom whenever a court is in session. The Augusta Judicial Center and John H. Ruffin Courthouse is located at 735 James Brown Blvd. and the Juvenile Justice facility is located at 901 Broad Street.

The Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for investigating all detailed crimes and major cases such as Homicide, Rapes, Robberies, Burglaries, and other crime trend incidents. CID personnel also  conduct crime scene processing, photography, and forensic evidence gathering and handling. Duties of the investigators in this division include the apprehension of offenders, recovery of stolen property, preparation of cases for court prosecutions, out of state extraditions and the presentation of evidence in high level court cases. Detectives are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on a rotational basis, to respond to emergency investigative needs but are normally available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to provide assistance when needed.

The Community Services Division was created by Sheriff Roundtree to promote citizen participation in the reduction and prevention of crime through education, and to provide educational and safety related programs based on community needs.

The Jails Division operates two jail facilities, the Charles B. Webster Detention Center and the Richmond County Jail. The Jails Division staff serves the courts, other law enforcement agencies, inmates, the families of inmates and crime victims. The mission of the Jails Division staff is to provide for the safe, secure and constitutional confinement of individuals committed to the custody of these facilities, either to await trial or upon sentencing of the court, and to attempt to ensure that all inmates are treated impartially and in accordance with the established laws of the United States and the State of Georgia.

The Professional Standards and Training Divisions is tasked with many functions. OPST is responsible for all training, oversight of the Field Training Program, collaboration with the Detention Center for its Jail Training Program, Georgia State Certification, CALEA accreditation, evidence, property and the Quartermaster functions. It is the driving force behind the office's certification and accreditation efforts.

The Management Services Division is a support unit that provides an array of services to residents of Richmond County and employees of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. Services include administrative, human resources, budget and finance, special duty assignments, serving of civil warrants and records management.

The Internal Affairs Division serves as an instrument of internal accountability by receiving, processing, and investigating complaints concerning employee conduct. These complaints include alleged violations of Office Policy and/or Criminal Law and may originate from outside sources or from within the Agency. This division also manages Public Information for the Sheriff's Office.

Information courtesy Richmond County Sheriff's Office website.


Read more »

All articles about Richmond County Crime

Report: Number of officers killed in line of duty declining

According the Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reports, the number of officers feloniously killed has been on a steady decline since 2011.
By Travis Highfield | Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014

Augusta teenager shot, killed

An Augusta teenager was shot and killed Friday night in Richmond County.
By Doug Stutsman | Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

Local deputies to attend NYPD officer's funeral

At 10 a.m. Saturday, thousands are expected to attend the funeral of fallen New York City police officer Rafael Ramos. Among them will be eight deputies from Richmond County.
By Doug Stutsman | Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

Man sought in theft of cigarettes

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man who stole 65 cartons of "mostly Newport" cigarettes Friday from a delivery truck.
By Doug Stutsman | Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

1991 shooting death of man outside club still unsolved

Standing outside a Sand Bar Ferry Road nightclub, 19-year-old Alvin Howard Jr. was shot twice by unknown assailants in the early hours of Oct. 27, 1991. Twenty-three years later, his death remains ...
By Doug Stutsman | Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014

4 arrested in narcotics investigations

A Richmond County Sheriff's Office narcotics investigation Tuesday resulted in four arrests and the recovery of a firearm and an assortment of illegal drugs.
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

Church's Chicken robbed at gunpoint

A Church's Chicken was robbed at gunpoint Monday evening, while deputies are searching for the suspect who fled on a bicycle.
By Doug Stutsman | Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Bond denied in child molestation case

Christopher Hankerson, 44, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to two counts of child molestation.
By Sandy Hodson | Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Judge re-sentences teen in home invasion case

Judge David Roper re-sentenced Sam Samuel to 25 years in prison but structured the sentence in such a way that Samuel can be eligible for parole consideration in 15 years.
By Sandy Hodson | Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Man claims roommate stole winning lottery ticket

The man, 44, called police to his Traylor Street home in Hephzibah on Monday after he discovered the ticket he "believes" is a winning ticket was missing.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Woman charged after drugs found

A Pennsylvania woman has been charged after she admitted to Richmond County deputies she hid drugs in her vagina.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Gold 'grill' stolen, pawned

Police say someone stole a set of 10-karat gold teeth caps this month and later pawned the "grill" for $25.
By Travis Highfield | Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

Man hurt in shooting after argument

One man was hospitalized after a shooting on Flintwood Drive in Augusta early Sunday, police say.
By Travis Highfield | Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

Woman charged with deprivation of minor

An Augusta woman was arrested Friday on charges of deprivation to her 8-year-old daughter.
By Doug Stutsman | Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

Woman arrested for shoplifting with baby in cart

A Hephzibah woman was arrested Friday for allegedly shoplifting while her child was in the shopping cart.
By Doug Stutsman | Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Report: Inmate punches deputy at detention center

An inmate at Charles B. Webster Detention Center struck a deputy in the face Wednesday.
By Doug Stutsman | Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Deputies search for Bud Light thief

Deputies are searching for a man accused of stealing beer Wednesday from a local business.
By Doug Stutsman | Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Teen leaves ID behind after allegedly taking dirt bike

An Augusta teenager remains at large after allegedly stealing a dirt bike Sunday from the back of a victim's truck.
By Doug Stutsman | Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Woman charged for driving drunk with kids in car

A Hephzibah woman has been charged after driving under the influence with three children in the car.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Deadly drag race leads to prison term

Rodney Kelly, 26, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and serious injury by a vehicle for the July 28, 2013, death of 23-year-old Marcus Kelly and the broken leg suffered by 17-year-old Jerome ...
By Sandy Hodson | Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Search Augusta jobs