The Support Services Division is commanded
by Captain Joel Heape, a twenty-three year
veteran with the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

Captain Heape attended the University of South Alabama and obtained law enforcement certification at Gulf Coast Community College. Prior to joining the Bay County Sheriff's Office, he worked for the Panama City Beach Police Department. During his time with the Sheriff''s Office, he has worked as a Patrol Deputy, Narcotics Investigator and Support Services.

The Support Services Division includes the Records Section, Sex Offender Registration, and Tracking Unit, Registered Felon Unit, Gang Intelligence, Crime Analysis and Information Systems.

In addition, the Support Services Division oversees both public and felon fingerprinting duties, switchboard operations and provides staff assistance. The Support Services Division also provides logistical oversight and support during a disaster, natural or man made. Please take a few minutes to learn the things your Bay County Support Services Division is accomplishing as well as your Sheriff's Office