CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS

The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is comprised of investigative units whose primary responsibility is to investigate and follow-up on crimes committed against persons or property in Forsyth County. CID is comprised of the Major Crimes Unit, Hi-Tech Crimes Unit, Property Crimes Unit, Narcotics Unit, Warrants Unit. 

MAJOR CRIMES

The Major Crimes Unit of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is responsible for investigating all major crimes that occur within Forsyth County, with the exception of property crimes. Investigators within the Major Crimes Unit are tasked with providing follow up investigation on cases where a major crime has been committed but no arrest has been made, as well as initiating new cases independently. Cases involving violent acts and/or death, sexual assault, threats, etc. are classified as major crimes.

 

Major Crimes Detectives work the entire county and are centrally located for all county residents at the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office headquarters in Cumming. These detectives work a multitude of crimes including homicides, sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and molestations, robberies, aggravated assault, aggravated batteries, and any other persons crimes.

  

If you need to speak with the detective about your case please call our office during normal business hours or the nonemergency dispatch line after hours and ask for an on-call detective supervisor.

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Phone: 770.781.2222

Non-Emergency 24HR: 770.781.3087

VICTIM ADVOCATE

The Major Crimes Unit also houses the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Victim Advocates. It has always been the policy of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office to offer assistance to victims of crimes when responding to a call, but often deputies have other calls to which they must immediately respond and cannot devote the time that the victim needs. Further, we know from first-hand experience that victimization does not end with the mirror filing of a report to law enforcement.


History:

In 2001, the District Attorney's Office's Victim Assistance assisted one rape victim, though the Sheriff's Office recorded 15 rapes reported throughout the year. The District Attorney's Office Victim Assistance also helped 247 Domestic Violence victims, though the Sheriff's Office responded to 1,304 Domestic Violence cases that same year. Because of this, the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office applied for and received a grant under the Victims of Crime Act for an employed victim advocate from the Sheriff's Office to assist victims. This grant went into effect on October 1, 2001. The grant pays 80% of the cost of this position, and Forsyth County matches 20% of the cost.

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Victim Advocate: 

678.455.8458

SOvictimadvocate@forsythco.com

How it works:

The Victim Advocate will act as a first responder to the scene for immediate assistance to victims of homicides, fatalities, suicide or attempted suicide, sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, persons shot or stabbed, lost person/ Child, or hostage/ barricaded gunman. They will also contact the victim's family or support system or transport the victim to a safe haven when necessary. The Victim Advocate will facilitate crime scene cleanup and accompany the victim to the forensic examinations, lineups, interviews, and crime scenes for review. If a victim would like to seek a Temporary Protective Order (TPO), a victim advocate can assist the victim and guide them through the legal process.  

As the investigation moves forward, the Victim Advocate will offer continued emotional support to the victims, assist with the return of property to the victim, and offer referrals to social service agencies to assist a victim with the ongoing problems resulting from the crime. The Victim Advocate will provide the victim with information about how the criminal justice system works and the status of the case. The Victim Advocate will ensure that the victim is aware of all the rights provided to them under the Georgia Crime Victim's Bill of Rights.

The office for the Victim Advocate is located at the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office headquarters in Cumming. Anyone who has been victimized by a crime in Forsyth County, and needs assistance, has someone in place to offer them the help they need.

 
 

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Hi-Tech Crimes Unit investigates, tracks, and apprehends individuals involved in and participating in cyber-related crimes; including unauthorized computer access, cyberstalking, online child enticements and exploitation, the possession, distribution, and manufacturing of child pornography, and much more.

The Hi-Tech Crimes Unit is comprised of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC), Hi-Tech Crimes, and Sex offender Registry, ICAC Detectives work to safeguard children from sexual predators by investigating crimes involving child exploitation on the internet and track those involved with child pornography. Hi-Tech Crimes Detectives investigate the many other cyber-related crimes.

The Hi-Tech Crimes investigative teams also conduct forensic examinations of cell phones, computers, and other types of digital media seized in investigations.

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INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN (ICAC)

Our ICAC Unit is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program which is a national network ​of coordinated task forces representing federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. These agencies are continually engaged in proactive and reactive investigations and prosecutions of persons involved in child abuse and exploitation involving the Internet. Turn to learn more about the ICAC Task Force, visit there website: www.icactaskforce.org

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY

You can learn more about the Sex Offender Registry or search for sex offenders in your area here.

HI-TECH CRIMES

CRIME SCENE

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit is responsible for the documentation, processing, and collection of evidence at crime scenes within the county. The Crime Scene Unit allows the Detectives of the Property Crime Unit, Major Crimes Unit, and Deputies to have access to advanced crime scene processing, latent print development techniques, fingerprint comparison, IAFIS operations, certain drug examinations, expert court testimony, and advanced photographic documentation techniques. The Crime Scene Unit also provides assistance to other surrounding agencies in the areas of crime scene processing, latent print development, and comparison. The members of the crime scene unit are trained and are Georgia POST certified crime scene technicians.

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PROPERTY CRIMES

Property Crime Detectives of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office are assigned to investigate and respond to calls and crime trends that need follow-up by a trained investigator. A Detective is on-call and available around the clock for crimes that may occur.

 

They are assigned to areas within the county that are broken down geographically to north and south. Crimes investigated include, but are not limited to, burglaries, thefts, auto theft, entering autos, theft of trailers and large construction equipment, and white-collar crimes. White color investigations include the theft of credit and debit cards used in a fraudulent manner and forgery of any kind whether it be documents, checks, or unlawful signing of a name without one's permission.

 

If you need to speak with the property crimes Detective about your case, please call our North or South Precinct during normal business hours, or the non-emergency dispatch line after hours and ask for an on-call detective or detective supervisor.

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South precinct

2985 Ronald Reagan Blvd. Cumming GA 30041

770.781.3047

 

NARCOTICS

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The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit is responsible for finding and investigating illegal narcotics use and distribution as well as gambling, prostitution, and human trafficking within Forsyth County. This unit works hand-in-hand with the Major Crimes Unit.

 

These detectives are assigned countywide and work wherever they find illegal narcotics being manufactured, distributed, possessed, stored, or used. Vices type crimes like gambling, prostitution, and human trafficking are also investigated by our narcotics unit.

JCAF DRUG TASK FORCE


In 2018, a multi-agency Drug Task Force was formed that includes the Johns Creek Police Department and the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. The collaboration, called JCAF Drug Task Force, brings together these three agencies who focus on dealer level narcotics investigations. The task force includes 18 agents who are committed to combatting drug sales in our areas. This partnership allows the task force to move freely between all three jurisdictions while conducting investigations. Since its inception, JCAF Drug Task Force has seen great success. Working together makes us stronger and our communities safer. 

 

WARRANTS

The Warrant Unit serves the majority of criminal arrest warrants received by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office through the county court system, or by request from other jurisdictions. Additionally, members of the Warrant Unit track down and apprehend fugitives - one of the most dangerous law enforcement duties performed today.

 

Please call our warrants clerk, or our warrants tipline, if you have any information regarding a wanted person.

If you have information regarding a crime that is under investigation

or being planned contact:

 

Crime Stoppers Tipline: 770.888.7308

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Warrants Tipline: 770.781.2206

Warrants Clerk: 770.781.3066 (MON-FRI 8 AM to 4 PM)

Warrants Email: SOwarrants@forsythco.com

Website: Forsyth County’s Most Wanted