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The Criminal Section investigates, locates and arrest approximately 3,000 fugitives per year for charges ranging from very serious felonies to lesser offenses and misdemeanors. The Sheriff is responsible for serving all Circuit Court and District Court civil bench warrants. The Warrant Section maintains on-line warrant systems including National, State and Local systems.

Fugitive Extraditions

The Criminal/Warrant Section is also tasked with extraditions. When fugitives are arrested in jurisdictions outside of Montgomery County for outstanding Circuit Court warrants, the Sheriff takes custody of the person and returns the fugitive to Montgomery County for prosecution. The defendant is then taken before the court for purposes of bond or incarceration

The Sheriff's Office is first Sheriff's Office in the State of Maryland to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The Sheriff's Office received its initial accreditation in November of 1995 and underwent successful on site re-evaluations in 2000, 2003, and 2006, 2009 and most recently in 2012. In order to receive and maintain accreditation, the Sheriff's Office has to demonstrate voluntarily that they meet over 4 6 0 professionally recognized standards for excellence in management and service delivery.