Jackson County
Sheriff's Office
Newport, Arkansas
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3300 Theater Dr. PO Box 647 Newport, Arkansas 72112

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


The Criminal Investigation Division is made up of two full time investigators.  They are Lieutenant Travis Engler and Investigator Aaron Thomas

Each year, the Criminal Investigation Division works an average of 450 to 500 cases per year. The two 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 case file is then turned over to the Prosecuting Attorney for review to determine if charges are to be filed in the case. 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. 

Travis Engler

Lieutenant Engler started his law enforcement career in November of 2007.  Sgt. Engler has held the position of Jail Administrator before being assigned to the Patrol Division.  Engler was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2015.  Engler transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division in November 2015.  On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Engler was promoted to the rank of lieutenant for the Criminal Investigation Division (CID).




Investigator, Aaron Thomas