The Investigations Division is comprised of eight full time and three reserve Deputies. These Deputies are responsible for conducting criminal investigations and augmenting law enforcement operations for the Sheriff's Office. The Investigation’s Division also assists other law enforcement agencies and the District Attorney’s Office with criminal investigations and other law enforcement activities.
Deputies assigned to the Investigations Division are trained in a wide variety of areas in law enforcement with an emphasis on investigative techniques.
Specialized training include areas in:
- Blood spatter
- Child endangerment
- Computer forensics
- Courtroom testimony
- Evidence collection
- Interviews and interrogations
- Search and seizure
- Other investigative skills
Four full time and two reserve deputies in the Investigations Division are general assignment.
They investigate cases including:
- Missing and endangered people
- Unattended or suspicious deaths
- Other violent and nonviolent crime
The other Investigative Deputies are assigned to focus on specific areas of interest including illegal drugs, computer crimes and forensics, and child welfare.
The Investigations Divisions has two full time and one reserve Deputy assigned to narcotics investigations. The Sheriff’s Office has teamed with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBNDD) to create a narcotics task force. The task force is housed at the Sheriff’s Office and focuses on illegal drug activity in Canadian and surrounding counties.
DEA Task Force
The Sheriff’s Office has also assigned a full time Deputy to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) task force. This task force, is comprised of multiple law enforcement agencies. The DEA task force focuses on higher level, multi jurisdictional illicit drug activity. These two task forces bring additional federal and state resources to the sheriff’s office in our drug enforcement efforts.
Computer Crimes & Forensic Unit
The Investigations Division houses a Computer Crimes and Forensic Unit. The Computer Crimes and Forensic Unit provides a trained and certified Deputy who can examine, analyze and report computer evidence used in criminal activity. The Computer Crimes and Forensic Unit also is assigned the responsibility of identifying and arresting online child predators.
The Investigations Division staffs a full time Deputy to investigate child welfare cases. The assigned Deputy works with the state Department of Human Services in Canadian County with child neglect and endangerment cases. Criminal charges are presented to the District Attorney’s Office when appropriate. This position has resulted in the removal of many endangered children from unsafe environments.