We live in the age of information. Facebook and Twitter have changed how
we communicate with one another, as well as how law enforcement officials
work to solve crimes and find people with outstanding arrest warrants.
Warrants can be issued for any number of criminal charges ranging from
a minor motor vehicle offense like an unpaid
speeding ticket to a more serious crime like possession of a controlled substance. In
some instances, victims of stolen identities may unknowingly have a warrant
for crimes committed in their name.
A new website recently launched by the Cape May County Sheriff’s
office will make it easier for law enforcement officials to track down
people with active warrants. It was designed by the Bergen County Police
department and uses their database. The website allows users to browse
photographs and search for individuals using criteria such as the wanted’s
name, last-known address or town. The site also includes a map feature
that allows users to see pinpoints of last known addresses. This allows
them to see at a glance if one of their neighbors happens to have an active
warrant. All information is updated in real time on a daily basis. Police
hope that by getting citizens involved will increase the number of tips
that they receive. A cell-phone app launched by the Cape May Sherriff
last month has already yielded more than 50 tips from citizens.
It is best not to ignore arrest warrants. Those who know that they need
to make a court appearance may want speak with an attorney who can advise
them of their rights and determine the best way to turn themselves in
to minimize the consequences—before someone uses the website to
do so. Courts tend to look more favorably on those who voluntarily turn
“Latest Nightmare for Folks with Warrants: Facecrook,” Al Campbell, July 10, 2013.