Although federal and state criminal procedure laws allow the judiciary to issue a range of arrest orders, only criminal courts can deliberate on police requests for the issuance of active arrest warrants. In Columbia County, IN, representatives of the sheriff's department have to place a formal petition in front of the court in their bid to procure an arrest order.
This writ works as an informative instrument which gives the sitting magistrate the information needed to ascertain that there is a probable cause to suspect the person in whose name the warrant is being requested.
Once convinced of the culpability of the person in question, the judge signs the arrest order making it an official legal tool that allows the police to take an individual into custody and hold him/her until such time that he/she is presented before the court.
A duly signed active detention order stays in effect even if it takes ten or more years to make an arrest under its provisions. All pending arrest directives are stored in an FBI hosted and maintained database; these are legally known as outstanding arrest warrants.
Columbia County Sherriff's Department is authorized to retrieve arrest records related information from this central depository for members of the public who may seek such information. However, for a warrant search, the applicant has to personally visit the office of the law enforcement agency at 35 West Main Street, PO Box 380, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania 17815.
The contact numbers of the sheriff's office are:
- Regular no: 570-389-5622
- 24 hour line: 570-784-6300
However, speaking to the records clerk will only help if you are looking for details on the procedure for warrant search. The actual information will only be handed to you when you visit them in person.
Despite the increase of almost 50% in the crime rates, Columbia County, Pennsylvania continues to retain a spot on the list of areas in the state with the lowest crime numbers. Actually, this can be attributed to the fact that the crime rate in the county was very low to begin with; only double digit figures were observed in 1998. So, the increase just pushed the number of incidents up by a mere 20 cases.
Over this decade, a total of 6500 plus crime reports were filed in Columbia of which less than 5 were homicides and just about 120 were sexual assaults. The majority of the incidents fell in the theft and robbery category with nearly 5000 cases.