The Lowndes County Magistrate Court has started using a Video Warrant System that allows officers to get a warrant in a quarter of the time from an on-call judge.
With the new system, law enforcement will no longer have to go to a judge’s home in the middle of the night or on a weekend to get a warrant signed. Police can now video call the on-call judge whenever a crime is committed and get a warrant in a quarter of the time it used to take. Chief Magistrate Judge, Joni Parker, says the program not only saves time, but also will save money on the cost of gas to drive warrants to the judge and the jail.
“Crime happens 24/7, and we can’t control when it does,” Parker told WCTV. “There are times that officers need things very quickly. Either arrest warrants or search warrants.”
The Valdosta Police Department, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and Valdosta State Police are currently using the Video Warrant System with other agencies lined up, according to WCTV.