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If you are involved in a domestic situation, that requires a Deputy response, we will stand by for a few minutes so that you can retrieve a few changes of clothes and personal hygiene items. We cannot assist or stand-by while you gather property items, without an Order from a Judge of Jurisdiction directing us to do so. Further, we cannot interfere, intervene or assist in any child custody or visitation matters without an Order from a Judge of Jurisdiction.
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Landlord tenant agreements are civil by nature. We are not allowed to get involved in any civil matter without an Order from a Judge of Jurisdiction. If a tenant has been lawfully served with a Notice to Quit, and has not moved within the required time limits, we will issue the tenant a citation for Failure to Vacate After Notice, with a District Court appearance date. We cannot assist in removing the tenant or their belongings!
Under extreme, confirmed circumstances, deputies will deliver emergency messages to family members or check on the welfare of elderly and juvenile persons. We will not, however, relay messages or act as a "mediator" for divorce/custody matters or as a harassment tool! Any abuse of this system can result in the offending person(s) being charged criminally.
Garland County Sheriff's Office does have a noise ordinance. In order to act on this ordinance, we have to have a complainant that is willing to file a report and press charges. This will require you to attend court appearances and follow through with any and all stipulations ordered by the Court.
Garland County Sheriff's Office has contracted with Hot Springs Animal Control to provide for the pick up and removal of vicious and stray dogs, cats and other animals, under very specific guidelines and hours. The Sheriff’s Office serves as a point of contact to relay calls to Animal Control and they are responsible for retrieving said animals. The Sheriff’s Office does not pick up, or attempt to find and locate, any vicious, injured or stray animals.