4-14 sheriff's column

Posted 4/12/19

Highlighting Judicial Services Division

One of the lesser know divisions of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is our Judicial Services Division. This team, headed by Captain Bill Dyer, is responsible for Civil Process and Security of the Courts.

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4-14 sheriff's column

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Highlighting Judicial Services Division


One of the lesser know divisions of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is our Judicial Services Division. This team, headed by Capt. Bill Dyer, is responsible for Civil Process and Security of the Courts.

 According to incident data gathered by the Center for Judicial and Executive Security, the number of security threats and violent incidents in court buildings has increased dramatically in recent years across the United States. This is one of the many reasons it's important to maintain a well-qualified and well-trained Judicial Services Division: to ensure the protection and security of all persons working in the various court complexes, as well as all persons conducting business with the various courts and offices within our court facilities.

The Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts, along with specific laws enacted by the Tennessee General Assembly, has set forth the minimum standards required under law for the security of our Tennessee courts.

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office has consistently exceeded the minimum court security standards as set forth under Tennessee law, and was the first agency in the Tennessee 10th Judicial District to establish a full-time court security division dedicated to the safety and protection of all judicial proceedings. The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office was also the first agency in the district to establish consistent security screening of persons entering all judicial complexes by use of walk through metal detection devices and the screening of packages by way of X-ray technologies.

The court security division operates security operational plans and procedures at three separate locations within Bradley County. The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Judicial Security Division personnel provide for the security screening of approximately 25,000 people each month coming through the various court checkpoints at our three judicial facilities. Each month, the court security division also maintains the care, custody, and control of over 900 local and state prisoners during their attendance in court proceedings at our various court locations.

When it comes to Civil Process There are specific laws that cover the way certain processes must be served in Tennessee, including the accounting and tracking of each civil process delivered to the sheriff’s office. Each month nearly 800 various civil and criminal warrants are entered and tracked by our criminal and civil process data entry staff. This also includes the responsibility of all records that have been court ordered to be expunged and removed from our record management systems. Sanctions and penalties can be imposed for the improper record keeping and service of civil and criminal process. For this reason, it is vitally important that each person assigned to the civil/criminal process unit are well versed in the rules, regulations, and laws pertaining to the proper handling of court processes from the different courts. Each employee must pay particular attention to the details of the court order and become trained in the proper and legal handling and service of court orders. The Judicial Services Division which includes the court security unit and the civil/criminal process unit is a vital and important part of the sheriff’s office operations.

I am grateful for the leadership of Captain Dyer, and the team he leads in Judicial Services. We are certainly in good hands.

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