Hiring decisions take a lot of careful consideration; most employers judiciously consider the qualifications and experience level of prospective employees along with their aptitude, but what about their arrest records and background information? Needless to say, you will be jeopardizing your venture, employees and customers if you do not conduct a warrant search on any and every person you intend to hire.
In the state of Illinois, private citizens have the right to seek arrest records from the local Sherriff’s Department. The law enforcement agency has access to a central FBI repository of crime date from all over the country. However, before you walk in requesting information, it would be sensible to familiarize yourself with warrants and their powers.
An arrest warrant is issued by a judicial entity that handles criminal cases, so in case of Peoria County, all arrest orders are granted by the local criminal court. However, these just include criminal warrants and not summons and bench warrants which can also be issued by other judicial branches including the family court.
For an arrest warrant to be released, the police have to turn to the sitting magistrate of the criminal court who considers the information presented in the writ from the Sherriff’s Office before issuing an active arrest warrant.
Despite a warrant in hand, sometimes, the law enforcement agency is not in a position to take the person into custody. This can happen when they cannot trace the suspect and also when they have other more serious matters to resolve. Regardless of what causes the warrant to go un-served, such arrest orders are kept back in the system as outstanding arrest warrants to be served when possible.
For a warrant search, the best place to start would be the Sherriff’s Office of Peoria County at 301 N Maxwell Rd, Peoria, Illinois 61604. Although you can speak to the records clerk on the phone at 309-697-8515, you will not be offered arrest records through this communication channel.
This is undoubtedly a problem for people who may have a warrant in their name as they will be arrested when they visit the precinct in search of information. A simpler alternative is an online warrant search for which the form above has been provided.
In the 9 years that started inn1999 and ended in 2007, almost 77,000 crimes were reported in the area with almost a 10% violent crime rate. Over 8000 crimes take place annually and a criminal incident occurs every hour in Peoria. The overall rate of crime has gone down by almost 50% and if the trend continues, residents of the county can expect to live in a considerably safer environment.