Domestic Violence, Missing Persons and Sexual Assault Investigations
Lieutenant Shannon Parker oversees the Family Protection Center that houses personnel responsible for investigating domestic violence crimes, sex crimes, child abuse crimes, elder abuse, and missing persons.
Sergeant William Gipson supervises investigators in the domestic violence unit. They are responsible for follow-up investigations on all domestic violence reports, misdemeanors, and felony cases. The domestic violence unit currently receives a grant to assist in funding some of these investigative positions as well as to provide the detectives with training.
Sergeant Michael Poole supervises investigators in the sex crimes unit. They are responsible for cases involving adults and children. These cases include rapes, attempted rapes, child molestation, child abuse, stalking, peeping toms, and indecent exposures.
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department utilizes a program referred to as a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurses Examiner) program when working sexual assault cases. This ensures that a specially trained nurse examines the victim to obtain evidence and that the victim receives the assistance of the Sexual Assault Center of Northeast Georgia.