The Dallas Morning News says Dallas County constables have started helping sheriff’s officers serve high-level criminal warrants to help clear up a 100,000 warrant backlog. The augmentation gives the county 100 full-time warrant deputies, more than any other county in Texas. “If you have a warrant out in Dallas County, someone is going to be knocking on your door,” Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez told the newspaper.
The crackdown is part of a new Targeted Offender Program that was unveiled at a press conference Monday. Two-person constable warrant squads began serving serious misdemeanor and felony warrants last Tuesday. Under the program, 42 deputy constables from all five precincts will join 58 warrant deputies from the Sheriff’s Department to try to reduce the backlog of nearly 100,000 warrants, according to the Morning News.