Within the last year there have been several violent evictions between law enforcement and tenants in the Central Valley.
The Fresno County Sheriff's Department has come up with a solution they say will make the process safer. It was put into action starting Wednesday.
When law enforcement goes to serve an eviction notice, they don't always know what's waiting for them on the other side of the door. Just April of last year an eviction attempt escalated in Modesto and a sheriff's deputy and locksmith were killed.
"I didn't know him personally, obviously law enforcement there's a brotherhood there," said Deputy Doug Richardson with the Fresno Sheriff's Department.
The incident hits close to home for local sheriff's deputies in Fresno. Another eviction last December in Clovis lead to a standoff with SWAT.
"Those are highly emotionally charged moments for individuals sometimes. So, sometimes it can bring the worst out in people," said Deputy Richardson.
These dangerous incidents have prompted law enforcement to introduce a new eviction "instruction form" for landlords.
"If the landowner is aware of any weapons, things of that nature, drug use, things of that, it will always help us you know plan out our strategy to do it safely," said Lieutenant Mark Padilla with the Fresno Sheriff's Department.
Now, they'll know a little history about the tenant.
"Prior to today those instructions were just the name, the location and then the writ from the court," said Sergeant John Golden with the Fresno Sheriff's Department.
Fresno Sheriff's Department says they go through 20 lockouts a day.
One of the biggest problems in the area is foreclosures.
"They're invested in the property. They feel it's still theirs. Often times they feel the bank has done something wrong, or somebody owes them," said landlord attorney, Steve Hrdlicka.
Copyright 2013 cbs47.tv Nexstar Broadcasting, All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.