Fairfield County Sheriff's Office
Major Crimes Unit

Dennis Lowe at office
Dennis Lowe
Fairfield - Athens Major Crimes Unit
South Central Major Crimes Unit
Dennis Lowe is the Commander of the Major Crimes Unit, a multijurisdictional Law Enforcement Task Force which serves the citizens of Fairfield County, Athens County, the City of Logan, and the City of Circleville.  The Major Crimes Unit which began in 2001 has also been designated by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy as a HIDTA Task Force and a member agency of the Ohio Task Force Commanders Association.

Commander Lowe has been a Police Officer since 1984 and has spent the past thirty-two years in the specialized field of narcotics enforcement.  Prior to joining the Major Crimes Unit Commander Lowe spent eighteen years with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation, where he became a nationally recognized expert in the clandestine manufacture of drugs.

Throughout his career Commander Lowe has worked tirelessly to make communities across the state of Ohio safer and bring a progressive approach to stemming the flow of illegal drugs into the jurisdictions he has served.  Commander Lowe is the Past President of the Ohio Narcotic Officers Association, current President of the Ohio Task Force Commanders Association, and serves as member of the Ohio Department of Public Safety Drug Enforcement Strategy Committee.


  • Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office
  • Fairfield County Prosecutor
  • Hocking County Prosecutor
  • Lancaster Police Department
  • Logan Police Department
  • Pickerington Police Department
  • Athens County Sheriff's Office
  • Athens County Prosecutor
  • Ohio University Police Department
  • Circleville Police Department

The Major Crimes Unit uses a comprehensive approach to address criminal activity in the jurisdictions it serves which spans more than 1,435 square miles with a combined population of over 214,650 citizens.  Long term investigations targeting large scale drug traffickers and drug trafficking organizations that impact the supply of drugs and contraband.  Short term/Interdiction officers (SCRAP) that focus on street level crime addressing quality of life issues in the community, and Project F.O.R.T. a Quick Response Team /Outreach program designed to connect those with substance use disorder and their support systems to available treatment and recovery programs.  These functions are part of the overall strategy and allow the Major Crimes Unit to operate in a way that inspires the public’s trust and confidence and protects the constitutional rights of each citizen.

The goals of the Major Crimes Unit are as follows:

  • Establish and maintain strategic collaborations with its participating law enforcement agencies, community leaders, community stakeholders and members of the public.
  • Reduce the supply of drugs, drug trafficking and substance use through a comprehensive approach.

The Major Crimes Unit can be contacted at the following:

Phone: 740-653-5224 (office) / 740-654-9326 (fax)

Facebook: @Fairfield-Athens Major Crimes Unit

Website: southcentralohiomajorcrimesunit.org

Citizens and law enforcement officers may call the office number 24 hours a day. If no investigators are on duty, voice mail is available to leave a message or tip information about a suspected criminal activity.  Your information can be anonymous.