Jackson County
Sheriff's Office
Newport, Arkansas
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615 Second Street Newport, Arkansas 72112

Administrative Office Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


The Criminal Investigation Division operates under the direction of Lieutenant Ricky Morales .  

The Criminal Investigation Division is made up of three full time investigators which includes Lt. Morales, Corporal Justin Collom, and Investigator Miranda Blevins.

Each year, the Criminal Investigation Division works an average of 450 to 500 cases per year. The three investigators conduct investigations on all types of crimes including burglary, theft, sex offenses, drug offenses and death investigations. Some of the many duties of the Criminal Investigation Division include but are not limited to, processing evidence at crime scenes, preparing affidavits for arrest warrants and Search Warrants, investigating fatality accidents, Sex Offender registration and assisting other agencies in investigations. 

Once a uniformed deputy takes a report, the Criminal Investigation Division will evaluate the report to see if an investigation is to be conducted. The factors that are used to determine if an investigation is to be conducted, include but are not limited to, if potential suspects exist, whether there is evidence available or evidence that can be obtained that would identify a suspect and if the victim is willing to prosecute the suspects.

Once the investigation is started, the investigators will gather all information related to the case including any evidence that may be necessary for prosecution of a case. Once the investigation is completed, the casefile is then turned over to the Prosecuting Attorney for review to determine if charges are to be filed in the case.  

Ricky Morales
Lieutenant, Ricky Morales started his law enforcement carreer in 2005 as a patrolman for the Diaz Police Department.  In January of 2006 Morales became a Deputy Sheriff for the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and was assigned to the Patrol Division.  In 2008 Morales was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division and later promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2010.  From 2010 through 2012 Morales was assigned to the Civil Process Division and Court Security for the Sheriff's Department.  In July of 2012, Morales became the supervisor for the Criminal Investigation Division and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.


Justin Collom
Corporal, Justin Collom started his law enforcement career in September of 2009 as a Detention Officer for the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.  In 2010 Collom was awarded the Jackson County Sheriff's Life Saver Award when he saved the life of an inmate that hung theirself from a vent in the Detention Center.  In November of 2010, he was transferred from the Detention Center to the Patrol Division as a Deputy Sheriff. In 2013, He was promoted to the rank of Corporal.   In July of 2014 Cpl. Collom was transferred from the Patrol Division to the Criminal Investigation Division.


Inv. Miranda Blevins 
Investigator, Miranda Blevins started her law enforcement career in 2007 as a Reserve Deputy for the Pontotoc County Sheriff's Department in Oklahoma before being called to duty in Iraq.  In June, 2011 Blevins started as a dispatcher for the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.  In January of 2012 Blevins was hired as a Deputy Sheriff and assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division.


If anyone has information concerning any crime, including drug activity, they can contact the Criminal Investigation Division at the Sheriff's Office or they may use the email links at the bottom of the page to provide any information.