Wed., August 5, 2009 12:46pm (EDT)

Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Holds Warrant Summit
By Noel Brown
Updated: 5 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
Law enforcement officials in Forsyth County are asking for help from neighbooring counties to help put fugitives behind bars. (image courtesy of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office)
Law enforcement officials in Forsyth County are asking for help from neighbooring counties to help put fugitives behind bars. (image courtesy of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office)
Representatives from 11 law enforcement agencies met with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office to talk about forming a network of what officials are calling warrant units.

The purpose of these units is to set up a system of shared information between neighboring counties that will facilitate serving arrest warrants. That means fugitives wanted in a particular county but who are hiding out in another will be easier to track down.

Captain Frank Huggins of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office says having an open line of communication between counties and agencies would make a huge difference in reigning in these wanted criminals.

"Our objective is to get these wanted people off the street and in jail where they belong. We know from past experience that most people will stay in familiar surroundings so that they can have money for gas, food and shelter."

In addition to representatives from 7 North Georgia sheriff’s offices, authorities from the U.S. Marshall Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement were in attendance.

Officials say the new system will likely move forward in the near future.