Emergency Call 9-1-1 Non-Emergency Dispatch Call 228-865-7060

Criminal Investigations

Main Phone: 228-896-0678 / Fax: 228-896-0695

Captain Coley Judy


Email Captain Coley Judy

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is made up of ten Criminal Investigators who work to solve crimes against persons and property. Investigators are tasked with solving these crimes, arresting the person or persons who commit the crimes, and assisting in the prosecution of the offender(s) to serve time in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The majority of the cases assigned to the division are felony crimes. Investigators are assigned a case as it is recorded by the responding Deputy Sheriff, at which time evidence is collected and witnesses are used to further the resolution of the crime in order to effect an arrest.

Investigators receive the highest level of continuing education training available which includes training in Blood Splatter Analysis, Forensic Photography, Interview and Interrogation Skills, Evidence Collection, and a variety of other training courses. The Criminal Investigation Division uses the latest in technology to assist them in solving crime such as video enhancement and cellular telephone data recovery systems. Investigators are networked to surrounding law enforcement agencies through email programs and a monthly crime meeting held at the hosting agency which allows Investigators to share case information with other law enforcement professionals. This network has proven to be a successful tool in solving crimes and arresting criminals that cross over city, county and state borders.

There are currently two investigators assigned to federal task forces of the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the United States Marshal’s Service. These task force investigators work under the auspices of federal authority and serve as a liaison between local and federal law enforcement authorities.

It is the goal of the Harrison County Criminal Investigation Division to solve and prevent criminal acts in Harrison County and along the Gulf Coast, resulting in a safer community for the citizens of Harrison County and the many visitors that come to enjoy our resort area.


Lieutenant Coley Judy 228-896-0653  Email Lt. Judy
Sergeant Joe Sturm 228-896-0659  Email Sgt. Sturm
Inv Neal Allen 228-896-0683  Email Inv. Allen
Inv Alicia Handler 228-896-0656  Email Inv. Handler
Inv Caleb Mitchell 228-896-0657  Email Inv. Mitchell
Inv Anthony Piazza 228-896-0684  Email Inv. Piazza
Inv Nickolas Pennington 228-896-0688  Email Inv. Pennington
Inv John Putnam 228-896-0654  Email Inv. Putham
Inv Bill Scarborough 228-896-0658  Email Inv. Scarborough
Inv Jason Walker 228-896-0652  Email Inv. Walker


Sex Offender Registry

Contact:Tricia Polt / 228-896-0670

Email Tricia Polt

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department maintains a Sex Offender Registry for all convicted sex offenders residing in Harrison County. The office of Sex Offender Registry is under the direction of the Chief Investigator in the Criminal Investigations Division.

Once convicted of a sex crime, an offender must register with the Sheriff’s Office in the jurisdiction in which they reside. This registration includes paperwork, photographs, fingerprints, and DNA sampling. The offender then goes to the Department of Public Safety and registers with the State. The Department of Public Safety issues the offender a Sex Offender ID card. After registration is complete, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department Sex Offender Registrar sends out Sex Offender Notifications to all residents within 1500 ft. of the offender’s address.

A sex offender must verify their information every 90 days at the Department of Public Safety. If they fail to verify, the State notifies the Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department will try to locate and re-register the offender. If the Sheriff’s Department cannot get the offender re-registered, a warrant is issued for the sex offender and he/she is arrested on a new charge of failure to re-register.

Any citizen with information on a non-compliant or unregistered sex offender may contact the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department Sex Offender Registrar.


Crime Scene Unit

Contact: Kristi Johnson

Evidence Technician / 228-896-0664

Email Kristi Johnson
Kristin Usherwood

Evidence Property Vault Technician / 228-896-0668

Email Kristin Usherwood

The Crime Scene Unit works closely with the Investigation and Patrol divisions of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department. The unit is under the supervision of the Chief Criminal Investigator, and on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The crime scene unit responds to major crime scenes. The unit is equipped with a state of the art Crime Scene Van, which contains up to date equipment that is used to effectively and efficiently document and process a crime scene. The crime scene van contains full range communication capabilities, and has equipment that documents a scene digitally, both with video and still photography. Included are recording devices, sketching materials, latent fingerprint developers, footwear and tire impression cast capabilities, blood spatter documentation, gunshot residue kits, blood detection kits and tool mark recovery. The unit is also equipped to perform recovery of buried human remains. Once on scene, written documentation is performed with the aid of a laptop computer which has software capable of transferring a hand drawn crime scene sketch into a professional finished product.

The unit is equipped with personal protection gear, GPS, indoor and outdoor thermometers, auxiliary lighting, first aid kits, a fire extinguisher, evidence collection containers, biohazard receptacles and a clean water supply.