Normal days, if there are such a thing for the Houston County Sheriff's Office Warrant Division, start in a cramped squad room.
It's long before dawn and most of the lights in the sheriff's office are still off. Fluorescent bulbs illuminate about a dozen desks stacked high with case files.
Warrant squad deputies trickle in as a coffee maker hums in the background.
Soon Sergeant James Spivey gives the marching orders: they're hunting for a man accused of running from a traffic stop and leaving two young children alone in the car. A magistrate court judge signed warrants for his arrest. It's their job to serve them.
The deputies, all dressed in khaki tactical pants and bulletproof vests, load up. Two by two, they fill half a dozen dark pickup trucks in the.
The convoy rolls out one after the other, headed for an apartment complex where the suspect might be.
They're not serving a particularly serious warrant but the deputies aren't taking any chances.
Before Sergeant Spivey knocks on the door to the apartment, deputies cover the front and back of the building and others stack up near the door.
It might seem like overkill, but in their line of work, the biggest danger is the uncertainty.
"The people might react, and we have had them react in the past, very violently to something that's not huge," said Warrant Division Captain Mike Stokes. "They never know when they knock on that door."
Eventually, the door opens, but no luck. The man's not there.
They get a new address from the people who were there and move on.
The deputies go through the same thing two more times over the course of the morning. The suspect is never home, but every new address brings new leads.
It's a process Sergeant Spivey says is all too common.
"A lot of the people that we look for don't live like normal people as far as have things in their name, have property, a lot of times they're just staying with people, bumming rides from people, so it takes a lot to find people who live kind of underground," he said.
Eventually, the deputies break off into teams of two and start serving other warrants across the county.
Their squad is responsible for serving warrants from all four Houston County law enforcement agencies.
The work can be slow at times, but it adds up. In 2018, (the most recent year with available data), the warrant squad made more than 1,000 arrests. They did the same the year before.
"It is extremely important because we're getting these people off the streets who commit the crimes against the citizens of Houston County," said Captain Mike Stokes.