Patrol - The Patrol Division provides services to all of Cherokee County, which is approximately four hundred and sixty-six square miles. The Division is comprised of sixteen deputies who are assigned to three overlapping nine-hour shifts to provide twenty four hour coverage. The Division is managed by Lieutenant Rayburn Mason.
Investigations - The Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for the investigation of serious crimes that occur in Cherokee County. The Division is staffed with seven full-time detectives and is supervised by Lieutenant Joe Wood. Detectives not only receive cases assigned for further investigation from the Patrol Division, but they also work with the Department of Social Services and independent leads in their pursuit of justice. In addition, the unit has specialized training on crimes involving Internet Crimes Against Children and other electronic crimes.
Victim Advocacy - It is the mission of the Cherokee County Victim Assistance Program to identify and promote access to the opportunities and resources victims need in order to recover from a traumatic event. In addition, this unit will strive to promote justice for victims, by ensuring a voice for victims.
Sheriff's Emergency Response Team - The Sheriff's Emergency Response Team, or S.E.R.T. is a multi-jurisdictional unit that has the primary responsibilities of responding to hostage situations, barricaded criminals, high risk warrant service, and situations that are beyond the capability of standard police tactics, training, and resources. S.E.R.T.'s number one goal in any call out is the protection of lives and the safe resolution of the incident. Through strenuous training and extreme dedication, S.E.R.T. members are ready for any situation.
Detention Center - The new Cherokee County Detention Center began operations in the summer of 2008, leaving behind an inefficient 1922 model, only designed to hold a maximum of 43 inmates awaiting trial. However, the Detention Center expanded this capability to nearly 150 inmate beds, including separate medical, juvenile, female and male pods. Captain Mark Patterson oversees operations in the Detention Facility.
Chaplain - No one is confronted with more situations that demoralize and create emotional, mental and spiritual burdens than today's law enforcement officer. These burdens also affect the officer's family and other members of his or her department. Law enforcement agencies need the specialized guidance, counseling and assistance for their officers, families and communities.
911 Central Dispatch - The Cherokee County 911 Communications Center provides emergency and non-emergency communications for seven law enforcement agencies, fourteen rural fire departments, two rescue squads, and two US Forestry units. In addition, the Communications Center is responsible for dispatching for the Cherokee County Emergency Management Services and the Office of Emergency Management. Each telecommunicator is required to certify annually on the state and national levels as Emergency Medical Dispatchers. Janice Costello is the division supervisor.
Information Technology - As criminals evolve, so must the resources, training, and technology that is used to catch them. Through more efficient Record Management Systems, Remote Wireless Hotspots, and Mobile Terminals in the Patrol Cars, the IT Division is charged with ensuring that the technological needs of the department are continually met.