The Judicial Bureau’s primary duties include serving criminal warrants, subpoenas, civil process, victim protection orders, evictions, lock-outs, and lawsuit summons.
The Judicial Bureau holds court ordered property sales which can prove to be a financial windfall for buying citizens. Judicial Bureau deputies often travel long distances across Oklahoma and the U.S. to extradite inmates back to Oklahoma County. To help cut down the costs of these trips the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office has a contract agreement with a private transportation company to extradite out of state inmates, this helps cut the county’s costs by up to 50 percent each trip.
The Judicial Bureau combines the following units that work directly with the district courts and handle most of the court orders which are processed.
The Investigations Divisions primary duties are to conduct thorough follow-up investigations of crimes that occur within the primary jurisdiction of Oklahoma County. In addition the unit initiates new investigations based on criminal intelligence provided by deputies in the field and provide investigative assistance to other law enforcement agencies.
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The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for all arrest warrants filed in Oklahoma County. The Oklahoma County Warrant Unit was implemented in 1997 and deputies assigned to this unit work around the clock searching for fugitives with outstanding warrants. The Warrant Unit is often referred to as the “Fugitive Squad” and these deputies have been responsible for arresting thousands of Oklahoma County’s most dangerous criminals.
If you know someone with an active warrant or have information about a fugitive please contact the fugitive hotline at
This branch of the Judicial Services Bureau is supervised by Captain Don Muse and is comprised of two lieutenants, six sergeants, thirty-eight deputies, five detention officers and two clericals. Nineteen deputies are assigned to a newly installed 1.1 million dollar courthouse complex security system activated April 1, 2007. Twenty deputies are assigned to service the district and juvenile courts while eight deputies are assigned to transportation.
The new security system has screened in excess of 300,000 items and individuals in the first three months of existence. This new state of the art system is a major factor in the effort by Sheriff Whetsel to maintain a safe workplace for all County employees and visitors to the Oklahoma County Courthouse Complex.
Seventeen deputies and four detention officers are charged with the safe keeping of individuals brought to the court holding facility from the detention center. The number of individuals may range from as few as 25 to as many as 200 and are the primary responsibility of four detention officers. One detention officer is charged with the duty of processing, which includes photographing and fingerprinting, committed individuals from the courts. The Protective Services transportation unit is responsible for transporting approximately 2,000 inmates per month to and from the detention center for various court appearances and another 200 inmates per week transported to the Department of Corrections. This unit is also charged with the responsibility of transporting inmates to and from the doctor/hospital on medical situations.
Summarily, these four units are responsible for the safe and secure transportation of all inmates moved from the detention center to any location for court proceedings and to the Department of Corrections to serve state time. They are also responsible for the safe keeping of the Courts, County personnel and visitors to the Oklahoma County Courthouse Complex.
The Property/Evidence Division is responsible for receiving, stocking, issuing and tracking all property that is necessary for the day to day operation of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office and the Oklahoma County Detention Center. These capital items include:
- Emergency equipment
- Consumable items (office supplies, uniforms, printed forms, etc.)
The Evidence Section is responsible for accepting, storing, and maintaining the chain of custody of evidence that may be needed for prosecution of criminal cases.
The Dry Storage Section receives, stocks, and issues consumable items that are used by the detention center. These items include:
- Cleaning equipment
- Inmate clothing
- Paper products
- Storing vital records and reports
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Records & Warrants
The Oklahoma County Records Division is responsible for maintaining the records of every person who has been arrested or housed at the Oklahoma County Detention Center. On a monthly average 3,000 inmates are processed into the jail, and every month new booking information is required on all of those inmates to place in their permanent file.
In 2003 Sheriff Whetsel implemented a new office within the Records Department; titled the Scanning Section. The Scanning Section is responsible for digitally scanning all of the records within the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office. For the past several years dedicated scanning staff has been electronically storing all documents; some of which date back to the early 1900’s. As a result of scanning efforts the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office now has thousands of permanent records available at the push of a button.
The Records Division is also responsible for assisting the public with background checks, fingerprinting, firearms applications, and incident reports. In 2006 the Records Division started collecting DNA samples from parolees. The Warrant Division is responsible for maintaining over 96,000 warrants. Each day warrants are entered into our system, served to suspects, and sometimes recalled. The Warrant Division is open 24 hours each day and receives hundreds of phone calls each day to verify the validity of warrants. This department is also responsible for entering people into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), and for placing holds on defendants who are arrested in other counties, states, and countries. Both Records and Warrants assist other law enforcement agencies with information, photos, and warrants.
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The Transportation Unit was formed in March of 1997. The unit is responsible for transporting inmates to court, medical appointments, mental health facilities, and funerals.
Court Process Division
The Court Services Department is the chief enforcement arm for the Circuit Court of Oklahoma County and is responsible for the processing, service, and enforcement of court orders.