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Warrant Division
Warrant Officer
The Little Elm Police Department currently has one officer assigned as warrant officer. The officer generally drives a marked police vehicle. Work hours vary as the assignment needs dictate to expand possible contact with offenders. This will include nights, weekends and occasional holidays to maximize the possibility of locating offenders.

Court Bailiff
The warrant officer also serves as the Bailiff for the Little Elm Municipal Court and is in court when it is in session to help maintain order and to testify as needed regarding warrant arrests.

The warrant officer uses various methods to locate the person for whom the warrant is issued and routinely works with various law enforcement agencies to accomplish the duties.

Warrant Process
Court Level

When Little Elm Police Officers issue class "C" citations, they are electronically downloaded directly into the Municipal Court records at the end of the officer's shift. Persons receiving citations are given a specified amount of time to contact the court and enter a plea.  In most cases, persons simply plead guilty and pay the fine assessed by the court. In other cases, they plead not guilty and the case is set for trial. At the conclusion of the trial, a determination of guilty or not guilty is rendered. If guilty, a final fine may be assessed at which point most people simply pay the fine.

The Warrant Division of the police department gets involved whenever the person does not take care of the citation or court assessed fine. It may be in cases where people simply ignore the time frame given and never contact the court. It may be that the persons contact the court but do not follow up with taking care of the fine or other assessment. Once a person demonstrates their refusal to comply with taking care of the citation, the court issues a warrant for their arrest and the warrant is assigned to the Warrant Division Officer of the police department to pursue.

Police Department Level
Once a warrant is issued, the warrant officer is tasked with locating the violators and bringing them before the court. The officer first enters the information into a local database. This database is made available to the patrol shift officers, so that they may arrest the person in question should they come in contact with them.

At that point the officer begins to attempt to contact the person named in the warrant, generally by phone. The warrant officer routinely makes visits to the homes and work sites of wanted persons and periodically conducts warrant roundups.

The person contacted is first given the option to pay the fine, plus the additional court costs and other assessments made as a result of the warrant being issued. A payment plan and other options may be offered so long as the person maintains contact with the warrant division officer. Those who are not cooperative or who do not maintain contact with the officer are arrested and brought before the court for additional action. Once the warrant is served it is removed from the system so that the person is not arrested again for that same offense.