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Meridian, MS 39301
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Deputies assigned to Criminal Investigations are trained to handle multiple responsibilities and are called on as a team to respond to major crime scenes to interpret, collect, document, and store evidence.  The unit is committed to the thorough and timely investigation of all criminal offenses assigned to them and work together to help solve crimes ranging from vandalism, theft, burglary, robbery, sexual assaults, crimes against children, sex offender registry violations, fire investigations, and homicides, just to name a few. They work diligently and are capable as a unit, regularly producing a high case resolution.


Major Joe Boswell



Major Joe Boswell began his career with the Meridian Police Department in November 1992, graduated MLEOTA in 1993, and came to the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office in 2006 as Patrol/School Resource Officer. In 2009, he transferred to Criminal Investigations, serving as an investigator for one year before his promotion to lieutenant, and serving for five years until his promotion to major in 2015. He currently serves as Major for the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations. Major Boswell supervises a Lieutenant, five full-time investigators, one part-time investigator, and one administrative assistant on a daily basis. He routinely reports to the Chief Deputy and Sheriff providing updates on assigned cases. Major Boswell often coordinates with our sex offender registrar concerning home compliance checks. In addition to assisting other investigators when needed, he also investigates assigned felony cases, and prepares them for prosecution. He coordinates with other division commanders and staff to assist/request assistance on search warrants and arrest warrants. Major Boswell feels very blessed to oversee a division of highly motivated individuals who work tirelessly every day as a team in helping the citizens of Lauderdale County.


Lt. Charles Pickett



Lt. Charles Pickett graduated MLEOTA in 1998. In February 2000, he accepted the position as a patrol deputy, serving until 2005, then taking on the responsibility as a K-9 Handler. During his time as a deputy with patrol, Lt. Pickett received Deputy of the Year, 2004. In 2006 he accepted a promotion to shift sergeant for patrol. In 2009 a transfer to Criminal Investigations led to his 2016 Criminal Investigations Lieutenant position where he is currently serving as the immediate supervisor. Lt. Pickett’s duties include, but are not limited to, the supervision of investigators on a daily basis, assigning cases to investigators as they are reported by Patrol Deputies, investigating felony cases, and assisting investigators when needed. He considers himself fortunate in that Criminal Investigations has a capable Commander and responsible investigators that genuinely understand the team concept and work well together.


Edna Clark



Edna Clark began her employment with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office, November 1997. Edna’s daily responsibilities include greeting the public, maintaining the Sex Offender Registry, seized property & evidence, files, records for felony cases, fingerprints for employment purposes, assisting the Investigators as needed, and performing any other duties assigned. She also helps the Criminal Investigative Division Major, Lieutenant, Sheriff and Chief.




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