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Lt. Olen Boughner
Crimes Against Property Commander

Lieutenant Boughner supervises the Crimes Against Property Unit. This unit consists of a sergeant and six detectives/investigators. This unit is responsible for the investigation of residential and commercial burglaries, motor vehicle thefts, personal property thefts, criminal damage, and pawned property. The members of this unit are trained in evidence collection, including the collection of fingerprints, footprints, and DNA. These detectives/investigators maintain contacts within the community for the facilitation of suspect identifications and leads. They receive specialized training in motor vehicle technology and identification.

Safety Tip: Deterrence is the best defense against becoming the victim of a burglary or theft. Always ensure that your residence/business is secured when you are away or asleep. Keeping the bushes close to your residence/business properly trimmed and proper exterior lighting allows others to see the windows and entry doors and keeps would-be criminals from entering undetected. Never leave valuables in your vehicle and always lock your vehicle when parked.

Should you become a victim of a burglary, vacate the premises immediately and call 911. Do not go about the residence or business picking up, moving or disturbing items, due to the fact that useful evidence may be destroyed or contaminated. After deputies and investigators are finished processing the scene, carefully examine the premises and make an itemized list of property taken and give it to the investigator. Victims should notify neighbors of the incident to make them aware of the criminal activity taking place.

More About Lt. Boughner

Lieutenant Olen Boughner currently serves as the Property and Financial Crimes Unit Commander for the Criminal Investigation Division of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.

Lieutenant Boughner started his law enforcement career with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office in 2003. Throughout his career, he has served as Deputy in the Adult Detention Center; Uniform Patrol Division, where he served as a Field Training Officer, Shift Supervisor, and Watch Commander; Special Operations, where he served as a K-9 Handler; serves on the Cherokee Multi-Agency S.W.A.T. Team; and Criminal Investigation Division, where he worked person crimes.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from Carson-Newman University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management Leadership through Reinhardt University, and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice through Chattahoochee Technical College. Lieutenant Boughner has his Intermediate, Advanced, and Supervisory POST certifications.