The Bay County Sheriff's Office Illegal Alien Enforcement Unit is comprised of three Investigators. This unit was established in 2007 as Sheriff McKeithen noted the rise of Identity Theft crimes and complaints of illegal workers fraudulently obtaining jobs and forcing our Bay County residents into unemployment status.
This template led to hundreds of investigations and arrests, and proved to be an invaluable tool in the battle of crimes against persons. Sheriff McKeithen charged forward after learning certain restrictions of standard State and Local law enforcement authority. The Sheriff and the Federal Government created a working Task Force Module that was specifically designed for the Bay County Sheriff's Office. The Office of Investigations with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) created an investigative module of the 287(g) Delegation of Authority Program, specifically designed to train, educate, and empower these Task Force Investigators with the knowledge and authority of Federal Immigration and Customs Agents to conduct investigations outside the confined walls of a jail facility. This authority opened a new realm of investigative avenues and assets.
This unit investigates a broad scope of crimes from identity theft to federal immigration violations, human trafficking, money laundering, and labor law violations, and other miscellaneous criminal enterprises involving imported/exported contraband.
These investigators are tasked with continuous training and education as the laws are ever changing. However, weeks turning into months of training away from home yield a better residential and labor filled Bay County.