In Paulding County, Georgia, arrest and search warrants are issued by the Magistrate Court. It is possible for an individual who is not a law enforcement officer to request a criminal warrant, but the person must file a Pre-Warrant Application and attend a scheduled hearing before the warrant is issued. The application must be filed in person, and must be related to a crime that took place in Paulding County. Furthermore, if the alleged offender has already been charged with a crime by a law enforcement agency, an individual may not have a warrant related to the same crime issued against him or her. When a warrant has been issued, it goes to the Warrants Division of the Paulding County sheriff's department. A deputy is assigned the active warrant, and then begins working to locate and arrest the suspect. An active warrant is a warrant that has been issued, but has not yet been served to the alleged offender. The Warrants Division also executes outstanding warrants, which are active warrants that have gone for a certain period of time without being served. Furthermore, they work with other law enforcement agencies to execute arrest warrants. The Records Division of the sheriff's office maintains legal documentation, including arrest records and case reports.
The sheriff's office in Paulding County does not divulge warrant information over the phone. However, if you go to the office in person with ID, they will carry out a warrant check for you. The sheriff's office is located at 247 Industrial Way North, Dallas, GA, 30132, and their hours of operation are 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. The contact number is 770-443-3010. In order to request an arrest warrant, you must apply in person at the Magistrate Court, located at 280 Constitution Blvd, Dallas, GA, 30132. The court is open Monday through Friday, although they close for lunch from 12 PM to 1 PM every day. For further information, you can call the clerk's office at 770-443-7533. The sheriff's office also posts a list of Most Wanted suspects online, at http://www.paulding.gov/index.aspx?NID=526, as well as an offender lookup database, located at http://inmate.paulding.gov/webinquiry/default.asp.
From the years of 2008 to 2010, more than 10,500 crimes occurred in Paulding County, Georgia. This indicates a small but steady decline in crime rate over the course of three years. In 2008, nearly 4,000 crimes occurred, but in 2009 that number had dropped to just over 3,500. By 2010 the number of crimes had fallen still further, to under 3,300. If this trend continues, it will be a good sign for Paulding County.