Criminal Investigation

Investigators with the Troup County Sheriff's Office are given various cases on a daily basis. A great deal of the cases turned over to investigators involve misdemeanor offenses such as criminal trespass and minor thefts. A number of the cases, however, involve felonies such as burglary, larceny and even rape or auto theft.

Each investigator is assigned cases based on his or her area of expertise. For example, one investigator may be looking into a burglary while another may be interviewing witnesses for a child deprivation case while yet another may be talking to residents of a neighborhood about damage to mailboxes.

Investigators also work closely with other agencies from other jurisdictions such as the Hogansville, West Point or LaGrange Police Departments and neighboring County Sheriff's Offices since crime often crosses border lines. Investigators rely heavily on the help of the public. Often Investigators are called to a scene after the crime occurs and must talk to neighbors or friends who may provide clues they need to make an arrests or clear the case.

The clearance rate for crime in Troup County has been well above the national average for the last five years, at or near eighty percent. This rate has remained high despite the fact that the number of cases investigated has risen steadily.