The Warrant Bureau is located in the Family Court Building at 400 Carleton Avenue, Central Islip, New York. The Sheriff's Warrant Bureau derives its legal authority from Article XVII of the Suffolk County Charter, pursuant to Article 8, §400 and Article 17, §650 of the New York State County Law and Article 1.20 of the New York State Criminal Procedure Law.
The Warrant Bureau consists of six sections, each with distinctive areas of responsibility.
1) Family Offense/Abuse & Neglect Section
Deputy Sheriff Investigators assigned to this section are responsible for all Family Offense and Abuse and Neglect warrants and the Service of Process, as directed by Family Court. This section also takes the lead in the execution of Warrants of Attachment where a child is removed from the custody of a parent and placed in a different home as directed by the court. This section works on a constant basis with Child Protective Services (CPS) from the Department of Social Services.
2) Juvenile Section
Deputy Sheriff Investigators assigned to this section are responsible for the execution of all Juvenile Delinquent warrants and Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS) warrants.
3) General Services Section
Deputy Sheriff Investigators assigned to this section are primarily assigned to the Service of Process in all areas of Suffolk and Nassau Counties.
4) Sheriffs Warrant Apprehension Program
Deputy Sheriff Investigators assigned to this section are responsible for locating and executing the warrants of those who do not pay their court directed child support. This section works on a constant basis with Child Support Enforcement Bureau (CSEB) from the Department of Social Services.
5) Criminal Warrants Section
Deputy Sheriff Investigators assigned to the section are assigned to the execution of all criminal warrants sent to the Sheriff’s Office by all the judiciary levels in Suffolk County, including: Supreme Court, County Court, all the District Courts and all the Town and Village Justice Courts.
6) Sex Offender Section
Deputy Sheriff Investigators assigned to this section investigate and make unannounced address checks on Registered Sex Offenders throughout the County of Suffolk.
The Warrant Bureau, on a regular basis, assists all police agencies in Suffolk County, including district, town and villages, as well as Nassau County and New York City Police and Sheriff Departments.
The Warrant Bureau receives requests from many other New York State agencies regarding individuals wanted by those agencies who currently reside in Suffolk County. We also receive Fugitive from Justice Warrants from various agencies throughout the United States. Individuals who are arrested as a fugitive from justice are arraigned in Suffolk County courts and held until that jurisdiction picks them up.
In addition to its normal responsibilities, the Warrant Bureau assists several federal, state and local agencies. Some of the assistance provided includes: assistance to the US DOJ Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with the execution of search warrants and manpower requests; the United States Marshal Service (USMS) Felony Task Force, with manpower provided for fugitive warrant sweeps; the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), with manpower provided for immigration warrant sweeps related to gang activity.