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.


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Man shot at by GRU officer gets probation

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By Sandy Hodson | Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

Cop finds drugs under suspect's boxers

A deputy found marijuana and crack cocaine hidden in an Augusta man’s boxers Wednesday during a traffic stop.
By Doug Stutsman | Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Augusta man stabbed with scissors

An Augusta man was sent to an area hospital Thursday after being stabbed with a pair of scissors.
By Doug Stutsman | Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Three teenagers caught shoplifting at Augusta Mall

Three teenagers were arrested Wednesday for shoplifting at the Augusta Mall. 
By Doug Stutsman | Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

RCSO seeking suspects accused of burglary

After entering his stepfather’s home, an Augusta man allegedly saw two burglars escape through a bathroom window Wednesday afternoon.
By Doug Stutsman | Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Verdict split in GRU shooting case

Keith James, who was shot at by Georgia Regents University Police Officer Wesley Martin, was acquitted Thursday of the two most serious charges he faced - aggravated assault on a police officer ...
By Sandy Hodson | Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Man pleads guilty in 2001 killing

Marquise C. Redfield, 40, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter in the July 23, 2001, death of James "JT" Mills, 30.
By Sandy Hodson | Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Molester to spend life in prison

A jury convicted an Augusta man Thursday of repeated sexual assaults against a 6-year-old girl. He will spend the rest of his life in prison for the crimes.
By Sandy Hodson | Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Good Samaritan, 96, robbed

A 96-year-old man told police he was robbed Tuesday while giving someone money for gas.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Man arrested after police chase

A Beech Island man is facing charges after leading Richmond County deputies on a two-state chase Wednesday night that reached speeds in excess of 100 mph.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Deputies locate guns, cocaine in Augusta apartment

An Augusta man and woman were arrested Tuesday on charges of obstruction to law enforcement, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during a crime.
By Doug Stutsman | Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Augusta man shot at by GRU officer on trial

The first of two young men shot at by a Georgia Regents University police officer could learn today whether a jury believes he committed a series of crimes before and after the shots were fired.
By Sandy Hodson | Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Catalytic converters stolen

Police are investigating after catalytic converters were stolen off vehicles at two Peach Orchard Road businesses.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Suspect wanted after alleged beer theft

Deputies are searching for a man who allegedly chugged a beer inside a gas station Tuesday morning and left without paying.
By Doug Stutsman | Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Lawyer's license reinstated

The Georgia Supreme Court has lifted the suspension of the law license of Augusta lawyer Christopher Nicholson.
By Sandy Hodson | Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Child molestation trial begins

The trial began for an Augusta man accused of sexually molesting a 6-year-old girl who carried her teddy bear with her when called to testify.
By Sandy Hodson | Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Man gets prison for molestation

Joseph R. Clark, 40, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to rape and other sexual assault charges with an additional 20-year probation upon release.
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Teen gets 7 years in prison for molestation

Shadarrion R. Taylor pleaded guilty to child molestation. Taylor was sentenced to seven years in prison, and eight years probation.
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Man wanted in shooting incident

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is seeking a man who they say shot and struck a vehicle in November.
By Travis Highfield | Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015

Electronics, apparel stolen from Augusta home

An Augusta woman lost more than $6,300 in electronics and apparel in a home burglary Friday.
By Travis Highfield | Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015
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