Det. Sgt. Don Hunter
The Detective Division of the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office consists of one captain, one detective sergeant and six detectives. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to, conducting initial and follow-up investigations of suspected criminal activity, interviewing witnesses and suspects, prepare and execute search warrants, prepare reports for criminal complaints, collect and preserve evidence. One of the detective positions is designated as a juvenile detective handling all juvenile matters.
Thefts, burglaries, domestic abuse and sexual assault incidents comprise the majority of investigations handled by the Detective Division. In 2011, the division saw an increase in the number of theft complaints. Many of the thefts involved items containing copper and steel that could be scrapped at salvage yards. Scrap prices remain high and the ability to easily sell these items to a variety of outlets continues to drive these types of thefts.
Also in 2011, the division investigated a home invasion and attempted robbery, a homicide, and an attempted homicide. In all cases, the perpetrators were arrested. In the first two cases, the offenders are serving time in prison with the attempted homicide case still proceeding through the court system.