Because an arrest warrant is issued through the courts but is directed toward law enforcement officers for service, it is important to check courts and law enforcement agencies when performing a warrant search. Courts maintain records of warrants issued and cases tried on those warrants. Law enforcement agencies maintain criminal records and lists of outstanding warrants that have yet to be executed. Both are excellent sources for searching arrest records in Washington County.
Washington County Sheriff's Office
The Sheriff's Office is located at 399 Broadway, Fort Edward, New York 12828. Unfortunately, the office does not maintain an online database for active warrants. You may contact the Records Department directly at 518-746-2475 Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm to inquire about obtaining arrest records.
Washington County Courts
Washington County is located in the fourth judicial district of New York and consists of several different types of courts. Arrest warrants may be issued by the County Court or any one of the numerous city, town and village courts that are within Washington County. You can begin your search for criminal records with the County Court by visiting the office located at 383 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828. There you can search the court's records for criminal cases and for arrest warrants issued through this court.
Washington County has several lower courts that may also issue arrest warrants within each specific jurisdiction. To search for outstanding warrants with these city, town and village courts, you must contact each court directly to inquire about its policies regarding public records.
Washington County crime figures
Crime rates for Washington County remained low between 2001 and 2008. When compared to ten similar counties, Washington ranked second to the lowest for crime rates during that period. During those eight years, almost 4,400 crimes were reported in Washington County, which averages about one crime every 16 hours for those years. Only eight percent of those crimes were violent in nature. Even though crime rates in Washington County may have remained low when compared to other counties, crime increased by approximately 70% from 2001 to 2008.