Field Operations Division
Field Operations deputies provide emergency response in life threatening situations and non-emergency assistance to a variety of criminal, traffic, medical and civil matters as well as natural disasters that may impact the overall quality of life. Field Operations deputies provide a full range of law enforcement services to the residents of Burke County.
The Field Operations Division is made up of four patrol shifts each. The uniformed patrol shifts operate on two, 12-hour shifts. These shifts are commanded a lieutenant, sergeant and Corporal.
Each deputy on the shift is assigned a specific zone to patrol. The zone assignments are not rotated. This allows the deputy to become familiar with his/her beat, and the residents that live in it. It also helps the deputy to be more community oriented with those who live in that particular area.
Captain Jimmy Wylds leads this division. He started his law enforcement career with the Augusta Police Department in November 1976 and retired from the consolidated Augusta-Richmond County Sheriff's Office after 40 years of service in December 2016. Captain Wylds worked as a patrol officer, motorcycle traffic officer and ended his career as a road patrol Lieutenant.
During his career Captain Wylds served as the commander of the street level drug task force, the traffic division, the internal affairs division, and as a commander in the field services division. Captain Wylds also served as the public information officer for the Augusta Police Department. Captain Wylds received the Augusta Jaycees Outstanding Officer of the year award on three different occasions and was also awarded the Medal of Valor.