HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Over the weekend, more than a dozen fugitives were taken into custody after a roundup.
Harris County reserve deputies cleared up 16 felony warrants by going door-to-door to homes where they believed the fugitives were hiding.
The special operations division, which conducts about one warrant sweep per month, take it upon themselves to look for those fugitives that are hiding from authorities. Assuming that they have incomplete or incorrect information, they use their expertise and gather information about the fugitives to locate them and bring them into custody.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office offers more information about the weekend’s events: “The warrant initiative was conducted throughout Harris County. In all, 13 felony arrests and 3 misdemeanor arrests were made. Some of the arrests included persons wanted for sexual assault, narcotics possession, and aggravated assault of a peace officer.”
“The HCSO Reserve Command, under the direction of Chief Kevin Maples, is made up of more than 200 certified peace officers who volunteer their time to the sheriff’s office. HCSO Reserve deputies have the same training, legal authority and responsibilities as full-time HCSO deputies except that they are not monetarily compensated. Reserve deputies work in all areas of the HCSO, including Patrol, Criminal Warrants, Fugitive Transports, Tactical Medicine and Marine Patrol, to name a few,” adds HCSO.
More than 200 volunteers make up the reserve deputies; the volunteers are also licensed like any other peace officer. When they are not spending their days rounding up criminals, they can be found working in various professions and companies.