LA PLATA, Md. (Oct. 23, 2008)—During a warrant sweep in Charles County last week, officers attempted to serve 63 warrants. Of those, 25 people were located that night and taken into custody. Another person turned himself in to police the following day. Three criminal summonses were served and one protective order was issued. The detail began Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. and ended on Oct. 16 at 1 a.m.
"So much work goes into this sweep; there's a lot of preparation and planning involved," said Sgt. Stephen Salvas, a supervisor in the Sheriff's Office Domestic Violence Unit. "But the outcome was good and our work paid off."
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the sweep was part of the 6th Annual National Family Violence Apprehension Detail—an annual event in which law enforcement agencies throughout the country attempt to serve outstanding domestic-related warrants in their area on a targeted date.
Members of the Charles County Sheriff's Office Domestic Violence Unit coordinated this year's sweep with assistance from the Judicial Services Section, Tactical Response Squad, Community Policing Unit, K-9 Unit, Communications Section and Corrections Division, and the Maryland State Police.