Child Protective Investigations Detective, Shane Hughes has been with PSO for four years. He started as a road patrol deputy, transferred to a School Resource Officer Position and has now landed in the CPI Unit.
He is assigned cases from the Major Crimes Unit, works with our civilian investigators and each case involves crimes against children.
Although not every case has a justified ending, Detective Hughes works hard to make sure he doesn’t miss a thing when he goes out to a crime scene.
“I’m the advocate for the children,” said Detective Hughes. “Even if there is no arrest in the end, I’ve done a thorough investigation and should anything ever happen again we have that information. “
In this position, Detective Hughes works very closely with the State Attorney’s Office. Although he enjoys his work, he describes his job as a double-edged sword.
“Some of the crimes I see are especially heinous and having three children of my own is hard,” he said. “I’ve dealt with children that are the same age as mine and they’ve been victimized—seeing that on a day-to-day basis can be hard.”
According to Detective Hughes, law enforcement has rapidly changed since he started. He recommends that anyone seeking a career in the field get an education.
Outside of work, Detective Hughes is probably running around with his three children! He participates in Cub Scouts with his son, as an assistant Den Leader. He also attends gymnastic meets and Lacrosse games to watch his children play!