The Fugitive Unit is responsible for the execution of outstanding warrants issued in DeSoto County. These warrants consists of felony and misdemeanor warrants that originate from the following courts:
- Circuit Court
- Justice Court
- Chancery Court
- County Court
- Youth Court
Fugitive officers are also responsible for assisting the general public as well as attorneys bonding company representatives and/or other law enforcement agencies in the answering of questions and inquires pertaining to outstanding warrants and general information relating to the Fugitive Unit's operation. In addition, it is also the responsibility of these officers to handle walk-in arrests, mental and drug writs and warrant arrests within the courts.
All arrest warrants are filed and maintained by the Fugitive Unit. The safekeeping of these warrants and files are the responsibility of these officers. These personnel, upon request, will verify the existence of a warrant to law enforcement officers. Verification of a warrant must be made prior to the actual arrest of an individual. The Fugitive Unit maintains approximately 4,00 active warrants.
The Fugitive Unit also participates in the DeSoto County Fugitive Task Force which consists of officers DeSoto County, Horn Lake Police Department, Southaven Police department, Hernando Police Department and Olive Branch Police Department. This unit assists each other in apprehending wanted individuals within the DeSoto County limits.
The Fugitive Unit also participates in the United States Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (GCRFTF). This task force is located in Oxford, MS and currently consists of full-time Task Force Offices from DeSoto County, Tate County, Panola County, Lowndes County, Mississippi Department of Corrections, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and Inspectors from the United States Marshall Service. The primary responsibility of the task force is to assist federal, state and local agencies in apprehending wanted fugitives for violent offenses to include but are not limited to murder, armed robbery, rape, escape and dangerous drugs.