RICKY MOSES ( read )
The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigative Division is a multi-task-oriented unit of highly trained and experienced criminal investigators. The Division is led by Chief Detective Mark Herford, who has twenty-four years of law enforcement service and is an FBI National Academy graduate. In addition to Chief Detective Herford, the division is staffed by Detective Jared Morton (Assistant Chief of Detectives), Detective Robert Hunt, Detective Toree Jones, Detective Clyde Kellogg, Detective Brian Leedom, Detective Tiffany Maks, and Detective Travis Thompson.
The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigative Division is tasked primarily with the investigation of Felony offenses such as Burglaries, Violent Offenses, Sexual Assaults, offenses against children, as well as investigations that require specialized training. The Investigative Division averages approximately 250 to 280 open, active cases at any time.
In most cases, a citizen files an initial complaint with the Patrol Division. After the initial investigation has been completed by the Patrol Division, the case is referred to the Investigative Division, where it is then assigned to a detective for continued investigation and/or follow-up.
Within the Investigative Division, deputies receive specialized training in an effort to provide complete and fair investigations in to serious offenses. It is the goal of the Investigative Division to conduct investigations that strive for excellence and professionalism; and to provide compassion and understanding while diligently working for the citizens in their time of need.
The Investigative Division oftentimes works in cooperation with other agencies, both within the parish and outside the parish, in efforts to solve crimes. Many times, offenders who are committing offenses within Beauregard Parish are also committing other crimes in neighboring jurisdictions. Through cooperation and mutual intelligence sharing with the surrounding law enforcement agencies, the Investigative Division is often able to solve crimes when the offender is not a resident of this parish.
Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigators also take pride in a strong working relationship with the Thirty-Sixth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Investigators go to great lengths to provide complete and thorough investigations to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution, and to assist the District Attorney’s Office until all aspects of the investigation have been resolved.