Bureau of Investigative Services
Major John D. Hawk (JD) joined the Columbus Police Department as a patrol officer in 1978. He has worked and supervised in the following areas: Bureau of Patrol Services, Special Assignment to Columbus’ former Mayor, Mr. Frank Martin, Bureau of Investigative Services, Vice and Narcotics, Administrative Lieutenant to the Chief of Police, Commander of the Metro Narcotics Task Force, Commander of the Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Team, Columbus Police Department Officer of the Year, Georgia Fraternal Order of Police, Officer of the Year and the President of the Georgia Fraternal Order of Police.
Major Hawk is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Command College, Columbus State University, United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection Program and Leadership Columbus. He attained his Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
The Bureau of Investigative Services provides follow-up and specialized investigative services. The bureau is headed by Major Hawk and two Captains directly under Major Hawk’s command. One of the Captains is the Executive Officer for the bureau, while the other Captain oversees the Special Operations Division. The bureau is currently composed of the following divisions: Homicide, Robbery/Assault, Burglary/Theft, Crime Scene Investigation Division, Special Victims Division and the Special Operations Division.
The Homicide Unit investigates criminal or suspicious deaths that involve long-term and/or high profile investigations. This division handles both recent cases and pursues unsolved cases from previous years.
Robbery / Assault Division
The Robbery and Assault Unit investigates, within this division, other part one crimes, including commercial and personal robberies, as well as assault crimes.
The Fugitive Unit retrieves persons who have outstanding arrest warrants that originate from our department. This unit also handles interstate and intrastate prisoner extraditions.
Burglary / Theft Division
The Burglary and Theft Unit investigates property related crimes to include burglary and various types of thefts.
The Pawnshop Unit oversees local pawnshop businesses which include the following: Checking pawnshop articles for possible stolen items, entering and maintaining a computerized database of all pawned articles, and investigating persons involved with stolen pawned articles.
The Fraud Unit deals with economic type crimes. The Financial/White Collar Crimes Unit investigates activities involving improper use of documents of legal tender and other criminal activities commonly referred to as "white collar" crimes. The Fraud Unit works with other divisions within the Investigative Services Bureau as well as other bureaus within the department. They also maintain a close working relationship with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
Crime Scene Investigations Division
The Crime Scene Investigations Unit is a highly specialized unit consisting of trained and certified technicians who provide photo and evidence processing at crime scenes.
Special Victims Division
The Special Victims Division is comprised of two units: Youth and Adult Services Unit and Sex Crimes/Predator Unit.
The Youth and Adult Services Unit concentrate on the illegal activities of juveniles (persons less than 17 years of age) to include Ungovernable/Runaways. This unit also investigates missing person’s reports for both juveniles and adults. Additionally, Youth and Adult Services detectives also investigate cases of family violence as well as assisting victims in obtaining counseling or other support they may need.
The Sex Crimes/Predator Unit specializes in rapes and other sexually related criminal activities, including online predators. These investigators are highly trained in handling sexual offenders and assisting the victims with crimes of this nature.
Special Operations Division
The Special Operations Unit investigates all complaints concerning narcotics, trafficking, prostitution, gambling and ABC violations. In addition, this unit consists of a Tactical Unit that can be deployed to handle any situation that requires an immediate law enforcement response, such as a crime suppression detail for burglaries and robberies.