The primary objective of the Gloucester County Sheriff's Office Warrant Division is to locate and apprehend subjects who have outstanding arrest warrants and return them to the jurisdiction of the court.
The Warrant Division utilizes various computer databases to enter and maintain every warrant received and to investigate the whereabouts of these individuals with the goal of eventually bringing about their arrest. Due to the remarkable growth of population in Gloucester County in recent years, there are currently over 7,300 warrant files maintained by the Warrant Division with new warrants being received every day.
Officers assigned to the Warrant Division are also tasked with the responsibility of doing background investigations for new hires to the Sheriff's Office, participating in fugitive raids with local and state law enforcement agencies. Members of the Warrant Division have also participated in the United States Marshall's Service Regional Fugitive Task Force.
Due to the inherent degree of risk involved with fugitive apprehension, many officers assigned to the Warrants Division are crossed trained in various tactical and technical skills and participate in areas of expertise such as:
- Gloucester County Emergency Response Team
- Gloucester County SW.A.T. and Intelligence
For Fugitive and Probation Violation warrants it is necessary to locate individuals not only in New Jersey, but anywhere in the United States. Once an individual is located in another state the Warrant Division begins the process of extradition. This involves extensive communication with authorities in the other state and much legal documentation which eventually leads to officers from the Warrant Division traveling to the other state and returning the individual to Gloucester County to face charges. As a result of a mutual agreement on core responsibilities between the Sheriff's Office and the Prosecutors office, the Sheriffs Warrant Division performs the actual extradition transports for both agencies.
Sheriff's Officers are routinely called upon by various school systems to fingerprint juveniles so that parents can maintain an "Identification Kit" should their child ever become missing.
Types of Arrest Warrants
There are numerous types of arrest warrants delegated to this unit for execution. These include but are not limited to:
- Child Support (domestic relations)
- Civil Contempt Warrants
- Domestic Violence
- Failure to Appear for Superior Court
- Failure to Comply with a Superior Court Order
- Fugitive from Justice
- Juvenile Probation
- State Parole and Military Desertion Warrants
- Violation of Probation