The Criminal Investigations Division is comprised of a Division commander, two Sergeants, and 11 detectives. Each detective is assigned cases based upon their general assignment, either person’s crimes or property crimes. Crime scene investigators are assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. The investigators are responsible for crime scene investigations including forensic and crime scene recovery and processing of evidence.
|Captain Andrew Spears is the Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division. He supervises both the Criminal Investigations Divisions and Special Investigations Unit. He has been with the Sandy Springs Police Department since November 2006. He began his career in 2001 with the Fulton County Police Department’s South Precinct. His assignments have included Uniform Patrol, Special Investigations, Criminal Investigations, and Honor Guard. Captain Spears is a graduate of Penn State University and the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute.
|Sergeant Jon M. Williams is assigned as a supervisor to the Criminal Investigation Division of the Sandy Springs Police Department. He currently supervises Detectives who have the task of investigating all types of crimes. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he earned his Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology. After serving 3 years with the DeKalb County Police Department, he joined the Sandy Springs Police Department in 2006 as one of the inaugural members. Sergeant Williams patrolled Sandy Springs for 4 years while becoming a Field Training Officer and a Crime Scene Technician. He then spent the next 7 years as a Detective until he was promoted to Sergeant in 2017.
|Sergeant Salvador Ortega is assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division where he supervises and manages cases being investigated by the Sandy Springs Police Department. Sergeant Ortega joined the Sandy Springs Police Department in 2009 and has more than 13 years of law enforcement experience. His assignments have included Uniform Patrol, Field Training Officer (FTO), Criminal Investigations, Public Information Officer, Crisis Negotiations Team, Computer Forensics, and Criminal Intelligence. His law enforcement career began in 2005 with the Armstrong Atlantic State University Police Department where he spent three years. Sergeant Ortega also spent one year working with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit.
Special Investigations Unit (SIU)
The Special Investigations Unit is part of the Criminal Investigations Division. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is responsible for investigating narcotics and vice-related complaints. SIU has investigators assigned to federal task forces, in addition to working local area narcotics and vice crimes.