This unit is supervised by Lieutenant Michael Grierwho reports directly to the Division Commander. This unit is responsible for the investigation of the following incidents:
- Investigation of child abuse and neglect of persons under the age of 18,
- Sexual offenses where either the perpetrator or victim is a juvenile,
- Parental Kidnapping,
- Juvenile Missing Persons,
- All aggravated assaults and/or aggravated battery involving persons under 17,
- Robbery involving intimidation between juveniles,
- Runaway, and
- Unruly Juveniles.
Safety Tip: Children are particularly vulnerable to sex offenders. Open communication between parents and children is vital to family safety. You may monitor your community and receive alerts relative to your residence regarding the residency of known sex offenders by using the "Sex Offender Registry" button on the left side-bar. If a picture is available from the Sheriff's website, show it to your family. In general terms, tell your children that this person has hurt someone before. Explain to them that they should stay away from this individual. Avoid scary details. The purpose behind community notification is to reduce the chance of future victimization by better informing the public.
The Crimes Against Children Unit also supervises the investigation of any child sexual exploitation cases. One of the Sheriff's Office tools used to accomplish this is membership in the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The ICAC Task Force was created by the Department of Justice and currently there are 45 regional Task Force agencies across the nation participating in the program. Georgia 's ICAC is supervised by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The mission of the task force is to investigate offenders who use the internet, online communication systems, or computer technology to sexually exploit children. The ICAC unit does this proactively by posing as children on the internet and interacting with suspects. They also conduct reactive investigations brought to our attention by Cyber Tips, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, other Federal and State agencies, local citizen complaints, as well as municipal agencies from other states. Anyone can make a referral to the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children by visiting. Members of the ICAC Unit are available to conduct presentations regarding online safety to community groups. If you would like to schedule a presentation please call or email Leiutenant Gianfala.
Safety Tip: A parent is the best person to teach a child about personal safety. There is no perfect age when parents should begin teaching children about personal safety. A child's ability to comprehend and practice safety skills is affected by age, educational and developmental levels. Here are some tips to assist you: LISTEN to your children. Know your children's daily activities and habits. Listen to what they like and what they don't like. Encourage open communication. Let your children know they can talk to you about any situation. Reassure your children that their safety is your #1 concern. TEACH your children. Set boundaries about places they may go, people they may see, and things they may do. Reinforce the importance of the "buddy system." It's OK to say NO - tell your children to trust their instincts. Get INVOLVED. Know where your children are at all times. Your children should check in with you if there is a change in plans. There is no substitute for your attention and supervision. PRACTICE safety skills with your child. Rehearse safety skills so that they become second nature.
Crimes Against Children Unit