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The Investigations Division is responsible for executiong warrants that have been issued by the Courts. A warrant is a writ, a written order which requires the Sheriff's Investigators to arrest a specific person once he/she has been located. The fugitive will be broughtto court to answer charges or transported to the Adult Correctional Center or Juvenile Detention Center to await his/her court appearance.

In a typical year, there are approximately 3,070 warrants recieved by the Sheriff's Department. Of these, an estimated 2,800 arrest result.

Some of the warrants which are commonly executed by Sheriff's Investigators include:

  • Bench Warrant: Process issued by the court ("from the bench") for the arrest of a person.
  • Violation of Probation Warrant: Process issued by the court when a person violates his/her Probation "cantract". Probation is given to defendants who have been convicted of some minor offense and instead of being incarcerated, they are ordered by the court to behave lawfully, usually under the supervision of a probation officer.
  • Non-Support Warrant: Process issued by the court when a person failsto maintain regular payments toward his/her child-support or alimony obligations.
  • Juvenile Warrant: Process issued by the court for a person who commits a criminal offense and is under the age of eighteen (18) years old.