The Omaha, Neb., Police Department was to receive a helping hand from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department beginning this month under an agreement between the two agencies aimed at reducing a mountainous backlog of misdemeanor warrants.
The Omaha City Council and the Douglas County Board on Nov. 19 approved a plan under which sheriff’s deputies will serve misdemeanor arrest warrants issued by county judges for people who live outside Omaha. City police will continue to serve warrants inside the city limits, according to Sheriff Tim Dunning.
The Sheriff’s Department was to begin serving the first of up to 8,000 warrants it expects to process this year on Jan. 1. That should help reduce a backlog that at one time topped 20,000 warrants, and now stands at about 15,000, officials said.