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The Detective section of the department handles the most complex law enforcement investigations confronted by the Sheriff's Office. From the crime of murder to large thefts, the detective unit is responsible for investigating a myriad of crimes.

The unit is made up of detectives who are assigned to investigate major crimes which occur throughout the county and detectives who are assigned to investigate agricultural crimes (Rural Crime Task Force). The Support Division is supervised by the Detective Sergeant under the command of a Sheriff's Commander.

The detectives have investigated many violent crimes and have successfully been able to prosecute the criminal offenders. Sheriff detectives focus on maintaining a positive working relationship with the community in an attempt to protect our citizens. Additionally, they continue to work in concert with many local agencies as well as State and Federal agencies to provide the best service possible. 

To share information with the Detectives, you can contact them at the following:

TIP Hotline                                                     559-852-4554

TIP Line email address:

Kings County Sheriff - Main Telephone  

Commander Rick Bradford 
(559) 852-2819

Detective Sgt. Loren Bettencourt 
(559) 852-4645
Detective Christopher Martin
(559) 852-4603
Detective Sam Weimer
(559) 852-2804
Detective Gilbert Rios
(559) 852-2829
Detective Andrew Mazza
(559) 852-4647
Detective Jessica Machado
(559) 852-2818
Detective Eric Essman
(559) 852-2807
Rural Crimes Unit  
Detective Rod Shulman
(559) 852-4842
Detective Carlos Santos
(559) 852-4617
Detective Ben Moore (559) 852-4643