For an arrest to be legal in New York County, NY, it has to be made under the provisions of an arrest warrant issued by a local criminal court or the crime has to be committed in the presence of a police officer.
The procedure for the issuance of New York County, NY arrest warrants entails a formal request made by the police department to the sitting judge of the county criminal court to authorize them to arrest the individual against whom the warrant is being sought.
The judge considers the sworn affidavit submitted with the formal request which outlines the cause for the arrest warrant and the evidence available in the matter. If the judiciary does not find the evidence presented at this point to be adequate for the filing of a case in the future, the request for the arrest warrant can be declined.
However, if it’s granted, the judge signs the relevant documents which then confer the authority on the Sheriff’s department to make the arrest. When signed, an arrest warrant becomes a New York County, NY active arrest warrant.
However, if for some reason the active warrant cannot be served to the person in whose name it has been issued, it then becomes a an outstanding arrest warrant. Arrests can and will be made under the provision of outstanding warrants as well.
To gather information on arrest records in New York County, NY, the simplest option is to contact the Sherriff’s Department by visiting their office at Surrogate's Court, 6th floor, 31 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007.
You can also talk to them over the phone by dialing 718-610-0491. Another resource for arrest warrant search is the internet; fill the form above to gain access to an online database of arrest records.
Over the decade starting in 1998, the crime rate in New York County, New York has dropped significantly. The number of reported violent crimes at the start of the decade stood at over 16000 and by 2008, this figure had been lowered to less than 8000. Yet, an estimated 46,000 crimes are reported in New York County each year.
Unfortunately, a victim is targeted every 11 minutes and most of the criminal incidents take place within a one mile radius of the victim’s home/workplace. Theft and robbery related crimes were a huge problem for the police department with an estimated 290,000 incidents followed by over 2500 rape cases and 1600 homicides.