The Warrants, Transport and Mental Health units are headed up by one Sergeant. The unit has nine personnel assigned as follows; 1 Supervisor, 1 Warrants Deputy, 2 Mental Health Peace Officers, and 5 assigned to primary transport duties. These units’ personnel are all fully certified Peace Officers, and are cross trained to perform all duties assigned to the unit. This includes duties ranging from providing visible presence patrolling the Guinn Justice Center or assisting in Uniformed Patrol.
The primary warrants deputy monitors and does “work ups” on all warrants, and coordinates the response of Sheriff’s Office personnel. This may include personnel from Uniformed Patrol, Criminal Investigations, or a specialized Emergency Response Team (ERT) on “high risk” warrants. The war-rants deputy generates the Johnson County 10 Most Wanted, which is updated and published several times throughout the year. In 2014, there were 399 warrants served in Johnson County.
The Mental Health Peace Officers (MHPO) receives specialized certifications through the State of Texas that certify them to work with Mental Health Consumers. The MHPO deputies work directly with the Pecan Valley MHMR, the courts, and Uniformed Patrol Division to provide services to consumers that are in mental crisis. The focus of this unit is to identify, facilitate, and educate consumers and professionals on the Mental Health Program. These MHPO deputies provided services to 448 consumers in 2014 that included assessment, transport, and follow up services to insure that consumers had the benefit of both inpatient and outpatient services.
The Transport Deputies assist in the transportation of both juvenile and adult offenders to comply with the needs of the court system, juvenile services, and correctional operations. The transport deputies coordinate the transportation of inmates with a multitude of agencies throughout the State of Texas and other states. During 2014, the transport deputies conducted 628 inmate transports.