In Houston County, Georgia, warrants are issued by the Magistrate Court. Once it has been issued, the warrant is sent to the Records Division of the Houston County Sheriff's Office, where the warrant is stored, entered in the local records and the Georgia Crime Information Center, and then marked as an active warrant and passed on to the Warrant Division, where it is served. An active warrant is one that has been issued, but not yet served to the alleged offender, while an outstanding warrant is one that has been active for a certain period of time without being served. The Warrant Division of Houston County works with the Macon Regional Crime Stoppers to serve warrants and make arrests both in Houston County and outside, and they were number 1in the region in arrests in the years 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2010. They also transport those suspects who have been arrested outside of the county, take fingerprints and run background checks. The Records Division also handles open records requests and provides copies of law enforcement reports.
For information about a warrant, contact the Warrants Unit at 478-542-2095. You can also contact the Records Division of the sheriff's office at 478-542-2130. The Magistrate Court is located at 89 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, GA, 31088, and it is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The phone number is 478-987-4695. The sheriff's office also offers an online sex offender search database, organized by the name and address of the offender. It can be found at http://www.houstoncountyga.com/government/sheriff/sex-offender-search.aspx. The department of corrections offers an inmate search database, which provides arrest records and inmate information. It is organized by the inmate's name, and is located at http://www.houstoncountyga.org:8011/mrcjava/servlet/MRCPUBLIC.M00020s. The state court also provides a searchable case database, organized by date and name of the defendant, which can be found online at http://www.houstoncountyga.org:8011/mrcjava/servlet/MRCPUBLIC.I00170s.
Between the years of 2008 and 2010, more than 16,000 crimes occurred in Houston County, GA. However, there was a consistent decline in crime rate over the course of those three years. The crimes included murder, assault, rape, larceny, burglary, robbery, and vehicle theft. In 2008, just over 6,000 crimes occurred. By the next year, that number had dropped to almost 5,500. Then in 2010, the number of crimes committed fell to under 5,000. This decline in crime rate marks a positive trend for Houston County.