Criminal Investigation

The Criminal Investigation Section is led by Captain G. Young.Captain Gregory Young supervises the Criminal Investigations Section of the Waycross Police Department. Captain Young started his career with the Waycross Police Department in 2005. Captain Young started his career as a patrol officer where he also participated with the Bicycle Unit that was formed in 2006. When a position became available Captain Young transferred to the Ware County High School as a School Resource Officer. During his time working with the youth, he gained his certification as a Gang Investigator. When the opportunity arose, he transferred back to the patrol unit to pursue his career further. A position for Sergeant came available, and Captain Young put in for the position, and was promoted to Sergeant Relief Commander in May 2010. After quickly learning his duties he was given the position of Watch Commander, which duties included supervising his own shift. Another opportunity for advancement became available and Captain Young was promoted to the position of Lieutenant of Administration. While serving in this position Captain Young supervised the support services section of the police department. These duties included but were not limited to overseeing day to day operations of the facility, acting as an Accreditation Officer for the department, and ensuring the Municipal Court proceedings were being performed in accordance with federal, state, and city statutes. In November 2019, Chief Cox promoted Lt. Young to the rank of Captain where he currently holds the position of Criminal Investigations Section Commander.

Sandi Aldridge is the stenographer within the unit. She is responsible for the general office duties and also transcribes a multitude of reports dictated by the investigators within the section. Her other duties are assigned a needed.

The first line supervisor for the general investigation unit of the section is Det. Sergeant Teresa Grant. Det. Sergeant Grant is a 30 year veteran of the department, with the majority of her tenure in investigations. Under her supervision this year the Criminal investigations unit thrived. The unit has been shorthanded this year but the results have been the same. Sergeant Grant has ensured that the individual investigators are assigned cases, which suit their areas of specialty. Detective Larry Hill and Rodney Davis are normally assigned property crimes and crimes against person; IE burglary, robbery, thefts, and etc. Detective Taylor Luciano is the newest investigator to the section. She works closely with Sergeant Grant as she handles the majority of sexual assault cases and crimes against children. Sergeant Grant commonly works financial crimes.

The Waycross Drug Team is supervised by Lieutenant Scott Rowell a 12 year veteran of the department. Detective Greg Kinlaw currently works with Lt. Rowell on the team. The team/unit is tasked with identifying, arresting, prosecuting and dismantling drug operations in Waycross. Lieutenant Rowell ensures that all actions taken by this team are done so within departmental policies and constitutional limits.

Our Criminal Investigation Section
from left to right: Lt. Det. S. Deloach, Det. J.Baker, Det. R. Davis, Captain G. Young Criminal Investigations Section Commander, Det. F. Durham & Det. T. Wright.

The year 2016 was a year of change within the Criminal Investigations section. The section was shorthanded due to a general investigator who pursued opportunities elsewhere. The investigators within the section were assigned 671 cases. Of these cases 288 were cleared by arrest. 55 cases were unfounded, which meant a crime had not occurred or victims dropped the prosecution. 42% of all the cases assigned were cleared by arrest. The section worked four homicides this year and was able to make five arrests. Of the remaining cases assigned, 221 of them were classified as Part I crimes which are the worst of the worst.
The Criminal Investigations section cleared 36% of these with an arrest of the perpetrator(s).
The section served 33 search warrants to recover evidence of crimes within the city. The section was responsible for seizing over $14,000 in illegal proceeds from criminals. The section also recovered $108,921.00 in stolen property for the year. The section removed several illegal guns from the street, 8 of these guns were seized in connection with drug cases. The section also worked with partners within the community. The section referred 48 cases to the Satilla Advocacy Center to ensure that victims would have the opportunity to seek counseling to deal with their emotional needs after being victimized. The section also solved a ring of commercial burglaries where firearms were being taken. Currently there have been 10 arrests from these burglaries. The section is also tasked with the prosecution of suspects. Members of this section logged 623 hours in court. The section also totaled over 630 hours of training.

Contact Information:

Office 912.287.2929 or 912.287.2933
Fax 912.287.2932