The Warrants Division is staffed by senior assistant prosecuting attorneys who evaluate thousands of criminal investigations presented each year by the 47 independent police agencies of Oakland County. This division then determines what, if any, charges should be issued. If charges are appropriate, a criminal complaint and warrant authorizing the charges is then prepared and sent to the police agency to initiate a criminal prosecution.
While this division works directly with police agencies, the Prosecutor's Office itself is not an investigative agency. A citizen complaint of a criminal act must first be made to the appropriate police agency for investigation. Once the investigation has been completed, the case may then be submitted to the Warrants Division for determination, of what, if any, charges are appropriate.
Many of the warrant requests are reviewed not only by the individual warrant prosecutors but also by senior members of the trial staff and the appellate division. This team approach allows for a thorough evaluation of the case before a warrant request is authorized or denied.