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 tells police stranger shot him

An Augusta man told police late Friday that he was shot while walking away from a dumpster on Cooney Circle.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Son looted family safe, parents tell police

An Augusta couple told Rich­mond County police that their 23-year-old son broke into a family safe and took jewelry valued at almost $9,000.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Judge splits bond decision in murder case

Bond was granted to one Augusta homicide suspect Friday but was denied for a second man also charged with murder in the same April 13 slaying over $10 worth of marijuana.
By Sandy Hodson | Friday, April 29, 2016

3 arrested after carjacking

Three men have been charged with a carjacking early Wednesday morning on McNutt Road.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Thursday, April 28, 2016

Augusta man sentenced in shooting

An Augusta man accused of shooting another man in the stomach at the request of a friend pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated assault and a weapon violation.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

State attorney general plugs campaign to "unmask" child sex abusers

"It's the buyer that creates the demand," Sam Olens said.
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bond denied in rape case

Christopher R. Davis, 47, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to charges that include aggravated assault, rape, aggravated sodomy and weapon violations.
By Sandy Hodson | Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Suspect sought after man injured in shooting

A 35-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound on Jackson Street late Saturday.
By Doug Stutsman | Sunday, April 24, 2016

Rash of homicides brings back bad memories for family

For Nichole Campbell and her family, 2016 looks way too much like 2010.
By Mike Wynn | Friday, April 22, 2016

Bond denied for 2 suspects in Augusta slaying

Bond was denied for Broderick Merritt, 34, and Jaqwon T. Baker, 18, who are charged with murder in the April 12 shooting of 22-year-old Malik A. Miles .
By Sandy Hodson | Friday, April 22, 2016

University holds Take Back the Night Rally

Dozens of white T-shirts swayed from clotheslines Thursday at Au­gusta University as reminders to sexual assault victims that rape should never be tolerated.
By Doug Stutsman | Thursday, April 21, 2016

Man gets 20-year sentence for 2005 rape

An Augusta man who started a crime spree a decade ago by robbing and raping a convenience store clerk pleaded guilty Thurs­day.
By Sandy Hodson | Thursday, April 21, 2016

Augusta man pleads to lesser charges in attempted robbery of drug dealer

Deondre J. Williams, 20, pleaded in Richmond County Superior Court to aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, admitting he shot at the victim on Aug. 28.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Registered sex offender pleads guilty to new child molestation charge

Christopher Hankerson, 45, pleaded in Richmond County Superior Court to a single count of child molestation.
By Sandy Hodson | Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sheriff's anti-violence effort targets illegal guns

Richmond County Sheriff Rich­ard Roundtree said Wednes­day that he wants to take 500 illegal guns off Au­gus­ta streets in 100 days, and he has the support of local judges and the ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Autopsy results reveal no lethal trauma, coroner says

An autopsy revealed no lethal trauma in the suspicious death of a 22-year-old Augusta woman.
By Doug Stutsman | Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Man attacks people, pets at park, police say

A 26-year-old man is facing charges after he reportedly struck dogs and people while visiting Pendleton King Dog Park during the weekend.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Man wanted in scam at convenience store

A suspect is wanted for theft by deception after obtaining nearly $2,000 from an Augusta convenience store, police say.
By Doug Stutsman | Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Trinity emergency room locked down after reports of shooting

Deputies were called to 2516 Wrightsboro Road around noon regarding a shooting, which resulted in Trinity Hospital's emergency room going on lockdown.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Hephzibah church ransacked, burglarized

About 3 p.m., deputies responded to New Exodus Missionary Baptist Church, located in the 3600 block of Morgan Road, and found a broken sliding-glass window.
By Doug Stutsman | Monday, April 18, 2016
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