Cold Case Officers

Cold Case Investigators

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department has recently established a “Cold Case Unit” to investigate department cases that remain unsolved.

There are currently seven SCMPD Cold Case detectives who will work approximately 20 hours per week, providing a fresh set of eyes and to offer a new perspective on these cases.

“We want to continue our commitment to protect and serve this community and build trust by providing additional services to crime victims and their families,” said Lt. David Barefield, Commander of the Cold Case Unit. “We are hoping with the vast knowledge, skills and abilities of these seasoned investigators we can shed new light on unsolved major crimes and help give the families of some closure.”

The Cold Case Unit consists of the following personnel:

Lt. David Barefield, Commander of the Cold Case Unit, 15 years of law enforcement experience with SCMPD, and 13 years of investigative experience.

Paul McBurney, 30 years of law enforcement experience: Chatham County Police Dept. and SCMPD, with 12 years of investigative experience.

Billy Ray, 30 years of law enforcement experience:  Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, Chatham County Police Dept., BOE, and SCMPD and 27 years of investigative experience.

Dennis Malott, 22 of law enforcement experience:  Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, Chatham County Police Dept. and SCMPD, and 15 years of investigative and forensics experience.

Roy Willis, 30 years of law enforcement experience:  Chatham County Police Dept. and Effingham Co. Sheriff’s Office, and 25 years of investigative and forensics experience.

Bud Pierce, 35 years of law enforcement experience:  Kelso, Washington PD, Chatham County Police Dept., SCMPD, DEA and Thunderbolt PD, and 25 years of investigative experience.

Tarra Smith, 8 years of law enforcement experience:  SCMPD, with 3 years of investigative experience

Angela Hammond, 13 years of law enforcement experience Atlanta Police Dept., and 9 years of investigative experience