BY THE ARAPAHOE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Most people are familiar with at least three main functions of the Sheriff’s Office: patrol, detentions and communications, but there are nearly 750 employees serving in many different sections and units working hard for the community. Most work quite anonymously behind the scenes. This month, the ACSO highlighted the Civil and Warrants Unit in its monthly newsletter.
The Civil and Warrants Unit is comprised of both civilian and commissioned personnel who are responsible for the service of civil papers and execution of the civil process throughout Arapahoe County. There are nearly 60 different types of civil papers processed by the unit. These include protection orders; writs of garnishment; citations; summonses for dissolution of marriage; subpoenas; and eviction orders. The unit processes more than 9,000 civil papers each year. On average the unit makes more than 16,000 attempts to serve the papers with a 75 percent success rate. Deputies assigned to the unit also perform about 30 civil standbys each year, as well as conduct sheriff’s sales.
The warrant section is responsible for entering and maintaining felony and misdemeanor warrants into both the state and national crime information systems, as well as the in-house system – more than 7,000 of them each year. This includes detainers, movements and bondings throughout the state and country.
During business hours they run the Colorado Bureau of Investigation terminal and respond to messages and inquiries on warrants from outside agencies. They also work with various agencies regarding criminal histories of inmates to maintain the integrity of the record. The deputies assigned to this unit work on fugitive warrants with information prepared by the unit and are assigned to the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force.
To get more information about the services the Civil and Warrants Unit provides, visit arapahoegov.com/1195/Civil-and-Warrants-Unit.
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