The Criminal Investigations Division of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office is comprised of three units assigned to conduct follow-up investigation of serious crimes and complicated investigations: the Criminal Investigations Unit, the Special Operations Unit, the Special Victims Unit and the CrimeScene/Evidence Unit. Detectives, deputy sheriffs, and non-sworn staff assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division receive advanced training in their investigative specialty.
The Special Victims Unit investigates crimes against especially vulnerable victims, including child abuse, sexual crimes, and abuse and neglect of the elderly. The Special Victims Unit works closely with the Department of Children and Families to investigate all allegations of child and elder abuse or neglect reported in Highlands County. The victim advocates assigned to the Special Victims Unit work with victims of crime and assist them with negotiating the criminal justice system.