Central Services Command

Investigations

The Central Investigations Bureau is commanded by Commander Howard “Skip” Cole (hcole@sjso.org) and is comprised of four units: The Major Crimes Unit, the Special Victims Unit, the Special Investigations Unit and the Forensics Unit.

Major Crimes Unit is managed by Lieutenant Robert Dean (rdean@sjso.org) and supervised by Sergeant Thomas Marmo (tmarmo@sjso.org) and Sergeant Jeremy Russell (jrussell@sjso.org).  The unit is comprised of 10 detectives, along with two Corporals, who are responsible for the investigation of violent crimes, such as robbery, missing and endangered persons, aggravated battery, unattended, suspicious and in-custody death, traffic homicide as well as cold case homicides and deputy involved shootings.

These complex and time sensitive cases require a vast array of knowledge, experience and decisiveness to resolve.  The Major Crimes Unit utilizes a collaborative framework to proactively, yet efficiently and expeditiously, solve cases and ensure successful prosecution through the State Attorney’s Office. Detectives in this unit provide seven day-a-week, twenty–four hour a day coverage to the Citizens of St. Johns County.

Additionally, one of our Major Crimes Detectives is assigned to the US Marshal Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) and the other Major Crimes detective is assigned to the State Attorney’s Office to serve as a liaison. The SAO Liaison establishes and maintains a close working relationship between the Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney’s Office. 

Special Victims, which also includes Cybercrimes and Financial Crimes, and is managed by Lieutenant Robert Dean (rdean@sjso.org) and supervised by Sgt. George Harrigan, (gharrigan@sjso.org)

Special Victims Unit (SVU) detectives investigate sexual battery complaints, physical and sexual crimes against children, domestic violence cases, stalking and injunction violations. They work closely with the Department of Children and Families, the Child Protection Team, the Betty Griffin House and the State Attorney’s Office and SVU relies on these relationships to provide services for people who have been victimized. The Special Victims Unit is also responsible to ensure all registered sex offenders and predators remain in compliance with what is required by law.

Detectives in the Special Victims Unit routinely investigate some of the most heinous crimes imaginable. These dedicated detectives have all volunteered for this position and are considered experts in their field. SVU detectives are relied upon to keep some of our most vulnerable population safe.  

The St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit (SVU) manages the team of specialized detectives and civilian personnel responsible for Sexual Predator/Offender Tracking (SPOT). SPOT members are responsible for, but not limited to:

  • ·         Ensuring registered offenders and predators maintain compliance with their unique statutory requirements
  • ·         Community notifications
  • ·         Address verification operations
  • ·         Conducting criminal investigations in reference to suspected registration violations
  • ·         Conducting surveillance operations

If you have questions or would like to share information about offenders or predators in St. Johns County, contact SPOT at: spot@sjso.org  

Cyber Crimes investigates crimes against children and uses proactive measures to seek out and identify those who use electronic means to exploit children. In doing so, Cyber Crimes detectives routinely identify children who have been victimized and rescue them from their abusive circumstances. Cyber Crimes detectives are considered experts in their field and they use this expertise to successfully prosecute nearly one hundred percent of the offenders they arrest. In addition, the Cyber Crimes detectives are members of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task force which contains members from over a dozen local, state and federal agencies who routinely join forces to solve these complex crimes.

Financial Crimes detectives are tasked with investigating the most difficult financial cases our agency receives. The detectives assigned to Financial Crimes are highly specialized and investigate cases of Counterfeiting, Credit Card scams, Exploitation of the Elderly or Disabled, Contractor Fraud, Embezzlement, and Identity Theft cases.  The focus of Financial Crimes is to investigate complex and significant cases, which oftentimes requires weeks or months to bring to fruition.  

Special Investigations is managed by Lt. Kevin Cronin (kcronin@sjso.org) and supervised by Sgt. Ryan Smith, (rsmith@sjso.org) and is tasked with investigating narcotics complaints by conducting undercover operations including surveillance and drug buys, resulting in the execution of search warrants.

Want to report illegal drug activity? If you have observed any illegal drug activity and would like to advise us about it, email: (rsmith@sjso.org)

Forensics is managed by Mrs. Angie Hosford, (ahosford@sjso.org) and includes the Evidence Room, Digital Forensics and Crime Scene. Forensics also includes latent print processing and DNA screening, as well as latent print examination.

Evidence is responsible for the critical tasks of evidence intake and maintaining the security of all evidence until it is needed for court, or disposed of upon receipt of court orders for destruction.