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, Narcotics, Search and seizure, and Other investigative skills.
Four full time and two reserve deputies in the Investigations Division are general assignment. They investigate cases that involve Burglary, Homicide, Missing and endangered people, Robbery, 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.
Sex Offender Registration
The Sheriff's Office is responsible for registering all sex offenders, residing in Canadian County, outside of a city limit. We on average register about 20 offenders who must re-register every 90 days. Failure to register is a crime and we present charges to the Canadian County District Attorney's Office for offenders who fail to register timely. We also conduct routine checks of offenders at their homes to ensure the information they provided is accurate and they're living were they report to be residing.
The juvenile investigation division was an idea former Sheriff Randal Edwards and former District Judge Gary Miller. In their daily work, the Sheriff and Judge saw a contributing factor to kids getting in trouble was missing school.
Sheriff Edwards and Judge Miller created the Juvenile Investigations Division in 2011. The unit began with six full-time deputies spread across all of the Canadian County Schools. The unit's mission was to get absent kids back in school. Deputies worked with the schools in Canadian County to identify kids who were absent without good cause. When children were absent, Deputies immediately went to the child's home to learn why. Deputies discovered various reasons for the absences but the free time contributed to kids getting in trouble.
The juvenile investigators took prompt action including in some cases transporting the juveniles to school to attend their classes. It also resulted in criminal charges submitted to the District Attorney's office alleging the parents failed to have their kids in school, which is against the law. Subsequent prosecutions of the parents and intervention nearly eliminated all school truancy in our county schools.
The success of the program was amazing. Prior to the program's inception, the various schools in Canadian County historically had many kids who dropped out of school every year. As a result of the collaboration with the Sheriff's Office, school officials, the District Attorney's Office and the judicial branch, all of the schools in Canadian County reported no or nearly no dropouts. While an admiral goal of no dropouts, the actual results were spectacular and a testament to the success of the program.
The investigative Deputies work as hard today as when the programs was started ensuring Canadian County kids are in school. We believe keeping kids in school will make a big difference in the lives of so many kids and in our communities as far fewer kids are in trouble than ever before.
The program has had other benefits. The juvenile investigators weren't intended to be traditional school resource officers. However, in schools without resource officers, our deputies bring an additional law enforcement presence to the schools daily. Our Deputies are cognizant of safety concerns in our communities and bring additional security to our school kids and facility.