MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, like all others in Tennessee, is responsible for serving all criminal warrants and taking wanted people into custody.
The warrants can range from misdemeanor bench warrants to felony warrants for violent crimes like homicide.
The MCSO also works with other states that have fugitives in the Montgomery County area. They partner with the U.S. Marshals and can assist them in locating and arresting fugitives.
Leading the Warrants Division is Sergeant Kenneth Austion. He and his deputies are on the front lines of fugitive capture and processing people who turn themselves into the MCSO warrants unit.
“Our biggest thing is communication,” he said. “We want them to contact us and turn themselves in, because the warrant is not going away.”
Sgt. Austion has 27 years of law enforcement experience, including SWAT training.
He told News 2 that all of the fugitive arrests they make in the field have a deadly potential, so training for all of the officers involved is critical.
“Even the most routine arrests can be dangerous because you do not know what someone is thinking or could be going through right before you knock on the door,” he said. “We use a variety of resources to take people into custody that helps keep us and them safe.”
A number of people, between 10 to 15, turn themselves in every day.
“Most of the time it is a very minor charge and they can handle it,” he said. “They can also check our website to see if they have a warrant.”
The MCSO website has a warrants search tool.
If your name is on there and you are out on bond it will show if you have a warrant. If it lists you as “COR Violated,” you have a warrant.
If it just lists a person as COR, then they are not wanted by MCSO.
Click here for a list of some of the most wanted people in Middle Tennessee.
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