Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office
Criminal Investigation Division
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division is an outstanding department filled with highly trained detectives. The detectives have completed and continue to attend a wide variety of law enforcement training programs focused on homicides, forgeries, narcotics, sex crimes and other topics.
The majority of reports generated by the Tangipahoa Parish Criminal Patrol Division are sent to the Detective Division for investigation, with the detectives handling cases ranging from misdemeanor thefts to homicides.
The Criminal Investigation Division is split into a North End Detective Division, whose offices are located at the Amite Sheriff’s Office, and a South End Detective Division, whose offices are located at the Hammond Sub Station. This allows our investigators to become familiar with the businesses and residential areas to where they are assigned, as well as to draw correlations between suspects and high crime areas.
Responsibilities of the detectives include securing crime scenes, collecting evidence and interviewing suspects and witnesses. They work closely with the Criminal Patrol Division, crime lab personnel, the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office, and the 21st Judicial District Attorney. One of their major responsibilities is preparing a case for court and testifying in trials.
Several of our detectives have been uniquely trained for Crime Scene Investigations and have been equipped with the only Crime Scene Investigations “lab on wheels” in our parish. This allows investigators to process major crime scenes for blood spatter, finger prints, maintain the secure collection of evidence, and many more techniques that will aid in the apprehension of a suspect.
Burglaries and thefts are one of the detective’s most frequent forms of cases. Although our Criminal Patrol Division is a major presence in our community, sometimes burglaries still occur. It is the detective’s duty to investigate, apprehend the suspect, and recover stolen property. In 2008 alone, detectives recovered more than $872,000.00 worth of stolen property in Tangipahoa Parish.
There are many diverse aspects of being a TPSO Detective, but no matter the task at hand, our Detectives fulfill their duties proudly and to the best of their abilities.
“Solving Crime and Keeping Our Community Safe is Our Dedicated Duty”