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Risky business: Serving warrants comes with inherent dangers
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Serving warrants is a dangerous job for sheriff’s deputies and Warren County’s dished out 638 warrants in September. 

According to numbers presented at a county Safety Committee meeting, deputies served 195 criminal warrants and 443 civil warrants last month.

Serving warrants is considered inherently dangerous. When it comes to warrants associated with felons, those individuals know they are wanted and the presence of a deputy brings about feelings of flight or fight. Additionally, the deputy is entering an unknown location.

What precautions do deputies take while serving a warrant?

“We hope for the best, but prepare for the worst,” said Sheriff’s Department Major Jason Walker. “Our preparation depends on the warrant. If it is a high-risk warrant, then we get all the information we can on the individual and have a briefing with the deputies that are going and formulate a plan. Serving a high-risk warrant is not something we take lightly. We understand the worst can happen and we do our best to prepare for that.”

During September, deputies also:

• Responded to 1,517 calls 

• Transported 20 inmates 

• Transported 26 individuals to mental institutions

• Wrote 271 incident reports 

• Worked 57 motor vehicle accidents

When it comes to the jail, the inmate population remains under the 251 capacity. 

“The jail population as of today is 182 inmates,” said Walker on Monday. “That’s 145 males and 37 females. Thirty-four are state inmates. Of those, 24 are eligible to be sent to the Tennessee Department of Corrections.”

Specifically for September’s jail population, the highest daily count was 197, the lowest daily count was 171. There were 203 people booked into the jail and 200 inmates were released.