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
Lt. Morales started his law enforcement carreer in 2005 for the Diaz Police Department. Lt. Morales came to work for the Jackson County Sheriff's Office in January 2006 and assigned to the patrol division.  In 2008 he was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division and later promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2010.  In 2012, Morales was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and is currently the supervisor over the Criminal Investigation Division


Justin Collom
Cpl. Collom started his law enforcement career in September of 2009 as a Detention Officer for the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. He was awarded the Jackson County Sheriff's Life Saver award in 2010. 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. Cpl. Collom was transferred from the Patrol Division to the Criminal Investigation Division in July of 2014.


Inv. Miranda Blevins 
Inv. Blevins started her law enforcement career as a reserve deputy for the Pontotoc County Sheriff's Department in Oklahoma in 2007 before being called to duty to Iraq. In June, 2011 she started out as a dispatcher for the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division in January, 2012.


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.