[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office / ice.gov]
[Original Publish Date: 11/07/19]
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TAVARES, Florida – The Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced a new collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thursday.
Twenty LCSO employees, including 18 correctional officers and two deputies assigned to the Warrants Unit, were trained at the Lake County Jail for the new program created by ICE. The Warrant Service Officer Program was created to delegate enforcement authority to local law enforcement to allow them to execute ICE arrest warrants at the local level, according to an LCSO press release.
“Once a certified officer executes a warrant in the (Lake County) Jail on behalf of ICE, LCSO has 48 hours to transfer custody of the inmate. If ICE doesn’t take the illegal alien into custody within that 48 hours, the individual must be released,” said LCSO Lt. John Herrell in a press release. “This program serves to broaden ICE’s enforcement authority and allows for a smooth custodial transfer of criminal aliens into ICE custody.”
LCSO is also a Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) partner with ICE. A BOA is a set of terms negotiated between an agency and a service provider that contain a description of services to be provided, terms applicable to a future order between the parties, and a method for pricing, issuing and delivering on future orders, according to a press release issued by ICE in 2018.
“This new program gives us an additional tool that we can use to help ICE remove criminal illegal aliens from our jail, rather than putting them back in our communities to commit more crimes,” said LCSO Sheriff Peyton Grinnell in the press release, “This partnership is win-win; it helps ICE do their job, and helps us do ours.”
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