GCSO captain leads group of talented investigators
Monday, April 28, 2014 1:26 AM
Jarvis Reeder bounced around his office late last week with the jubilance of a young racehorse. Reeder, a captain at the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, excitedly talked to other deputies about a case he’d worked through the week.
Jarvis Reeder, Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office captain of investigations, stands inside his office looking over paperwork. (MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL)
“I think I feel like a police officer today,” he joked.
It’s been nearly a year since Reeder became the lead investigator at the Sheriff’s Office and he’s continually settling into his new post that sees him spending relatively more time behind a desk. He pilots a team of 12 GCSO investigators, checking reports, handling grievances, readying cases for court and doing follow-up work on completed investigations.
“This was a change of pace; it’s something new, and it’s fun,” he said. “I really think I’ve got the best investigators in the state. We’ve got experience on all different levels. You can tell the guys to do something and you don’t have to worry about it. Arrests are high back here, and it makes it easier when you work with a good group of guys.”
Reeder took the position as GCSO’s lead investigator last June shortly after his predecessor Ray Watson was elected sheriff in Abbeville County. He came to the post after spending the prior four years as commander of the county’s multi-jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit. He noted he is the Sheriff’s Office’s first black captain in charge of investigations.
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