Division of the Smith County Sheriff's OfficeCriminal Investigations
Criminal Investigations consist of Property Crimes, Crimes Against Persons, Sex Offender Registration, Narcotics, Crime Scene Unit, Property / Evidence, and Polygraph Examiners. The Smith County Sheriff’s Office participates in joint agency task forces and assigns specialized trained investigators to the following:
- East Texas Violent Crimes Task Force,
- East Texas Auto Theft Task Force,
- Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.),
- U.S. Marshals Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force,
- and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County.
Partnerships with these local and federal agencies, allow our agency to gain valuable training opportunities, allow access to specialized equipment, and builds partnerships with other agencies in a united effort to fight crime in Smith County and East Texas.
The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is home to one of the most specialized, well trained, and respected Crime Scene Units in the State of Texas. This unit processes all crime scenes in Smith County and assists partner agencies such as the F.B.I. and Texas Rangers across East Texas. We employ one of a few blood spatter experts in the East Texas Area, a Computer Forensics Expert, and Computer Forensics Lab. Pre-DNA processing, fingerprint processing, and fingerprint identification is completed in the in-house lab prior to being sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab, and other scientific labs across Texas. Our in house computer forensics lab eliminates the need to send computers and cellular telephones to outside crime labs reducing the completed analysis time from as much as one year to only a couple of weeks
Criminal Investigations is responsible for registering and tracking convicted sex offenders living in Smith County. For more information, click the link to the Crime Prevention web page which discusses Sex Offenders.
Criminal Investigations is responsible for registering and tracking convicted sex offenders living in Smith County. The Smith County Sheriff’s office is dedicated to ensuring that information about sex offenders is up to date and being reported accurately to the Texas Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Database. Periodic unannounced checks and sweeps are conducted across Smith County throughout the year to ensure sex offenders are living and working where they are supposed to be in order to ensure public safety and the safety of our children. These sweeps are conducted in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Marshal’s Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force.
To find out if a Sex Offender lives in or close to your neighborhood, registered sex offenders are tracked and you can get a map of where registered sex offenders live anywhere in Texas by logging onto the Texas Department of Public Safety web site
Many thefts and burglaries can be prevented and half of all automobile thefts in Texas are the result of someone leaving their keys in the car. Follow some simple rules to guard your safety:
- Do not store your spare keys inside your car. Experienced thieves know where to look for spare or hidden keys.
- Take advantage of Car Alarm Systems, steering wheel, ignition column devices, and kill switches.
- Park in well lit areas.
- Do not leave purses, currency, packages, computers, purses, GPS systems, or other expensive items visible inside your car whether the vehicle is locked or not. Take them inside your home, lock them in the trunk, or hide them under the seats. Thieves look for vehicles with easily accessible items to grab quickly and get away undetected. If there is nothing inside, a thief will most likely leave your vehicle alone.
- Take garage door openers with you. A thief can use it to access your home.
- Do not leave personal documents or mail inside your car. A thief can use them to steal your identity or identify where you live.
In 2010-2011, over 75% of auto burglaries reported to Smith County Sheriff’s Office were the result of unlocked car doors where electronic items and purses were left in a vehicle overnight. Check the following links for additional helpful hints on safete: