Investigations Commander Captain Jim Goodwin
Captain Jim Goodwin has been with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office for over 33 years. As Division Commander for Investigations he is charged with the overall supervision of the Major Crimes, Sexual Assault, Property Crimes, Drug, Gang Enforcement, and Forensic Units. He supervises Detectives assigned to work crimes such as homicide, burglary, assault, robbery, rape and kidnapping.
Captain Goodwin began his law enforcement career as a Cadet in the Spokane County Sheriff’s Patrol Division in 1978. Once hired as a Deputy Sheriff, he served as a Uniformed Patrol Officer and a Field Training Officer. He also served for a time with both the Sheriff’s Drug Unit and Regional Drug Task Force.
Captain Goodwin served in the Explosives Disposal Unit as a bomb technician from 1989 to 1998 and was responsible for the handling of improvised explosive devices and commercial explosives. This unit is a combined Spokane County Sheriff/Spokane Police Department effort. During his tenure there, he eventually assumed responsibility for the first level supervision of the unit for the Sheriff’s Office.
From 1998 to 2007 Captain Goodwin was the Sergeant responsible for the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit. He also worked as a Sergeant in the Patrol Division and Property Crimes Unit.
He was promoted to Captain of the Investigative Division in 2007 and is responsible for the supervision of 65 commissioned and non-commissioned employees.