From Staff Reports
KEYSER, W.Va. — The Keyser Police Department recently made changes to the procedure in which outstanding arrest warrants are served through the agency.
As of Jan. 1, all outstanding arrest warrants are routinely entered into the National Criminal Information Center, which is an informational database that is regulated through the FBI.
“This system will allow law enforcement officers to be notified if a person that they may come into contact with is in possession of an outstanding arrest warrant. The information also includes any special caution codes displayed that would allow the officer to take extra precaution when encountering that individual,” said a Keyser Police spokesman.
Keyser police has also conducted routine “warrant sweeps” within its jurisdiction in an attempt to bring some of the older case files to a close and to apprehend new offenders as warrants are issued.
Officers have served 67 outstanding arrest warrants since the procedure was implemented in January.
Excluding the 67 arrests that were made through warrant service, the department has also conducted 164 non-warrant related adult arrests and seven juvenile petitions that were forwarded to the Mineral County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Criminal arrests by Keyser Police in the first seven months of 2013 totaled 238 in warrant and non-warrant cases.