For a police detention to be considered lawful when the matter is presented in court, peace officers have to arrest an individual through the use of a warrant, unless he she is caught while committing the felon or is found with suspicious items on his/her person.
Because a case can easily be dismissed if it can be argued in court that the person in question was detailed illegally, the police are meticulous about following the prescribed procedure when taking a person into custody.
Usually, the process starts with the submission of a writ in the local criminal court requesting an arrest order. The sworn statement filed includes details on the incident and why the police consider it to be a crime and the reasons that led the investigating officers to suspect the involvement of the person in question.
A signed arrest order issued by the Cowlitz County, WA criminal court is called an active arrest warrant while all pending arrest orders that remain unexecuted are stored in the national criminal system under the category of outstanding arrest warrants.
The Sherriff’s Department of Cowlitz County can offer accurate information on warrants issued by the local criminal court as well as details on arrest orders from anywhere in the country. Contact them in person by visiting their office at 312 SW 1st Ave, Kelso, Washington 98626.
Although arrest records are not divulged over the phone, you can speak to the records clerk and inquire about how to conduct a warrant search on a person you know. If you are the subject of the inquiry, a visit to the Sherriff’s office will without a doubt end in an arrest, so it would be prudent to simply look for information online by filling the form above.
Approximately, 50,000 crimes took place in Cowlitz, WA between 1999 and 2008; so the annual crime rate comes out at around 5000 incidents. Theft and robbery related cases were at the top of the list of crime figures for the county with nearly 37,000 reported incidents.
Cases of rape and homicide were considerably uncommon with just about 500 and 30 occurrences reported over the ten year period. The crime rate grew by almost 25% during this decade which is reflected in the burgeoning daily crime figures that stand at 14 incidents per day.