Senior Commander Steve Cole
Sr. Commander Cole has been in law enforcement officer for over 23 years, having served with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office for the last 19 of those years. He was assigned for 10 years to the investigations unit where he achieved the rank of Detective Sergeant. While assigned to the unit, he investigated gangs, crimes against children, and response to missing/abducted children. He was the Agencies first gang officer and was a School Resources Deputy for over 2 years.
Sr. Commander Cole has been awarded the Flagler County's "Crime Stopper" of the Year award twice by Crime Stoppers of North East Florida. He served as Vice President and on the Board of the Florida Gang Investigators Association for 7 years. He has been qualified by the courts and has provided testimony as a "expert" in the area of Youth Gangs.
He has volunteered as a coach with the Police Athletic League in the sports of baseball and football, and previously served as a Commissioner of Pop Warner Football.
Sr. Commander Cole holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Flagler College and is an adjunct professor at St. John's River State College.
The Investigations Section consists of the Investigations Unit and the Narcotics Enforcement Team. Detectives and Investigators are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on a rotation basis, to respond to emergency investigative needs, but are normally available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The primary function of the Investigations Unit is to conduct follow-up investigations of crimes reported by Road Patrol. Cases are reviewed by an Investigative Supervisor and screened for solvability factors. Cases meeting the required solvability factor are then assigned to specialized Sections of the investigations unit based on the type of crime. Members of CID work in conjunction with the Crime Analysis Unit and the community in order to solve crimes and create a safer community for the citizens of Flagler County.
Crimes Against Persons
This unit conducts investigations on homicides, sexual assault/battery, child abuse, armed robbery, missing persons, and crimes against the elderly. This Unit often works with outside agencies including the Medical Examiner's Office, the Family Advocacy Center, and Children and Family Services.
Property Crimes Section
This unit conducts follow up investigations on burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, fraud, identity theft, forgery, and embezzlement. The Property Crimes Section strives to identify and arrest property crime suspects and recover the property taken.
Narcotics Enforcement Team
The Narcotics Enforcement Team is located within the Investigative Services and is made up of five detectives and a supervisor. The team is responsible to investigate all drug related complaints including organized crime, drug trafficking organizations, money laundering, pharmaceutical drug diversion and prostitution. The Narcotics enforcement team conducts follow up investigations generated by citizen complaints as well as patrol officers and generates primary investigations by utilizing technology and confidential informants. The unit is involved in every aspect of a drug investigation including street level drug purchases, marijuana grow operations, and clandestine lab investigations.
The Flagler County Sheriff's Office is a member of the North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and has one narcotics detective assigned to the Tri-County Task Force. The Tri-County Task Force is made up of members from Law Enforcement Agencies with St. John's, Putnam, and Flagler Counties.
The Sheriff's Office is also a member of a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force and has one narcotics detective assigned to the Task Force. The DEA Task Force works with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office to investigate upper level Drug Trafficking Organizations where the jurisdictional boundaries lead outside of the Tri-County area.