Special Victims Unit

Special Victims Unit (SVU) detectives specialize in investigating and solving crimes involving sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, and other related offenses. They work within the Pickens County Sheriff's Office's Special Victims Unit, focusing on cases requiring specialized knowledge and sensitivity.

The responsibilities of SVU detectives include:

  • SVU detectives are responsible for investigating reported cases of sexual assault, rape, child abuse, and other related crimes. They gather evidence, interview victims, witnesses, and suspects, and work closely with forensic experts to build a strong case.
  • SVU detectives often work closely with victim advocates and support services to ensure that victims of sexual assault or abuse receive the necessary care and support. They provide information about available resources, help victims understand the legal process, and offer emotional support throughout the investigation.
  • SVU detectives collaborate with other law enforcement agencies, such as child protective services, medical professionals, and prosecutors. They may work together to coordinate investigations, share information, and ensure a comprehensive response to cases involving vulnerable victims.
  • SVU detectives undergo specialized training to develop expertise in dealing with sensitive cases and interacting with victims. This training helps them understand these crimes' psychological and emotional impact and enables them to conduct interviews and investigations compassionately and effectively.
  • SVU detectives are required to testify as witnesses in court proceedings. They present the evidence gathered, provide expert opinions, and assist prosecutors in securing convictions against perpetrators.

SVU detectives play a crucial role in the criminal justice system, ensuring that victims of sexual assault and abuse receive the necessary support and that perpetrators are held accountable for their actions. Their work requires a combination of investigative skills, empathy, and a commitment to seeking justice for victims of these heinous crimes.

Lt. Shannon Ellenburg and Sgt. Reed Kent
Sergeant Reed Kent was recognized by the American Legion Post 52 as being awarded the 2022 Officer of the Year for his exemplary work as a detective and supervisor at the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.  A member of the Special Victim’s Unit, Sergeant Kent oversees SVU detectives and the School Resource Officer Unit.  Sergeant Kent possesses all the characteristics of a law enforcement officer and leader with a humble desire to serve.
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