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, SWAT & Crisis Negotiation Teams, and Peer Support Team.
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.
Non-Emergency 24HR: 770.781.3087
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 times 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.
In 2001, the District Attorneys 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.
How it works:
The Victim Advocate will act as a first responder to the scene for immediate assistance to victims of homicides, fatality accident, suicide or attempted suicide, sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, persons shot or stabbed, lost person/ Child, or hostage/ barricaded gunman. The Victim Advocate will be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will assist victims with immediate needs such as emergency referrals for food, shelter, clothing, medical care, and more. 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.
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, as well as 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 him or her the assistance 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 identity theft/white-collar crime, 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, Sex offender Registry, and Crime Scene. 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.
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.
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.
A unique part of the Hi-Tech Crimes Unit is the very first Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office comfort dog, Booberry. Booberry is a rescued dog who completed comfort dog training. Her handler FCSO Detective, Corporal Roe completed a week-long training with Booberry becoming certified in Canine Good Citizen. This certification allows Booberry and Cpl. Roe to work with child and adult crime victims. In recent studies from Florida agencies implementing “comfort” K9’s in the child victim interview process, disclosures from the children increased over 50% once the K9 program was implemented. Booberry is with Cpl. Roe in the office every day so she is available to provide some much-needed comfort when duty calls.
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. Detectives are available at both North and South precincts and an on-call detective is available around the clock for crimes that may occur.
These Detectives are split between both the South and North precinct in an effort to conveniently accommodate the citizens of Forsyth County. 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 nonemergency dispatch line after hours and ask for an on-call detective or detective supervisor.
2310 Keith Bridge Rd.
Cumming GA 30040
770.886.2800, ext. 3308
2985 Ronald Reagan Blvd.
Cumming GA 30041
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, Alpharetta Department of Public Safety, 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.