Dave Phalen, Sheriff
FAIRFIELD COUNTY, OHIO
Welcome to Fairfield County Sheriff's Office, Lancaster, Ohio.
Major Crimes Unit
Dennis Lowe is the Commander of the Major Crimes Unit, a multijurisdictional Law Enforcement Task Force which serves the citizens of Fairfield, Athens, and Hocking counties.
Commander Lowe has been a Police Officer since 1984 and has spent the past twenty-nine years in the specialized field of narcotics enforcement. Prior to joining the Major Crimes Unit Commander Lowe spent eighteen years with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation, where he became a nationally recognized expert in the clandestine manufacture of drugs.
Throughout his career Commander Lowe has worked tirelessly to make communities across the state of Ohio safer and bring a progressive approach to stemming the flow of illegal drugs into the jurisdictions he has served. Commander Lowe is the President of the Ohio Narcotic Officers Association, a member of the Ohio Task Force Commanders Association Executive Board, and serves as member of the Ohio Department of Public Safety Drug Enforcement Strategy Committee.
The Major Crimes Unit
Participating Task Force Agencies
• Fairfield County Sheriff
• Fairfield County Prosecutor
• Hocking County Sheriff
• Hocking County Prosecutor
• Lancaster Police Department
• Logan Police Department
• Pickerington Police Department
• Athens County Sheriff's Office
• Athens County Prosecutor
• Ohio University Police Department
• Nelsonville Police Department
The mission of the Major Crimes Unit is to produce innovative, proactive responses to street level crime problems based on crime statistics, trend identification and identified community needs and concerns. Focusing on mid to upper level drug traffickers and violent offenders the unit will use a multi-jurisdictional approach in cooperation with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to bring investigations to a successful conclusion. Investigators will work to fulfill the mission of the Major Crimes Unit in a way that inspires the public’s trust and confidence and protects the constitutional rights of each citizen.
The goals of the Major Crimes Unit are as follows:
• Establish and maintain partnerships with community leaders and groups.
• Reduce crime through information based directed tactics.
• Investigators will investigate neighborhood-specific crimes, and
solve them through witness contacts, analyses and forensics.
• Target and apprehend career criminals.
• Gather, analyze and disseminate information on crime trends and
groups that are targeting neighborhoods.
• Coordinate efforts with other units within the law enforcement
The Major Crimes Unit conducts narcotic, gang and major crimes investigations for the participating agencies. The unit also provides additional manpower, equipment and other operational resources to agencies as needed. The Major Crimes Unit services an area of over 1,435 square miles and a population of over 214,650 citizens.
The Major Crimes Unit can be contacted at the following
740-653-5224 (office) / 740-654-9326 (fax)
Citizens and law enforcement officers may call the office number 24 hours a day. If no investigators are on duty, voice mail is available to leave a message or tip information about a suspected criminal activity
Fairfield, Hocking, Athens Major Crimes Unit