If you need to do an arrest warrant search in Hancock County, IA, the process may not be as simple as you hoped. However, this does not mean that searching for outstanding warrants is impossible. Searches take a bit more investigation and perseverance. The reason that there is no readily available list of active warrants is not that Hancock County has no crime or arrests. From 2001 to 2008, thirty-five violent crimes (out of a total of five hundred or more crimes) were reported in Hancock County, Iowa.
If you are specifically looking for information on arrest records and criminal backgrounds for Hancock County, you may do best using the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (https://iowacriminalhistory.iowa.gov/default.aspx). For detailed criminal history information, a waiver signed by the search subject is required, and there is a $15.00 fee per search.
One other online resource is the Iowa Courts Online Search Tool (maintained by the Iowa Judicial branch). If the name searched in the system is the defendant, information may be available on their arrest records, along with other characters involved in the case and court dockets entries.
Otherwise, it may be time to go “old school.”If a Hancock County, Iowa court issues arrest warrants, there is a reasonable belief that specific individuals (named in the warrants) were involved in crimes. Often, the person named in the warrant is taken into custody shortly after the warrant is issued. Quite often, individuals are apprehended quickly after a warrant issued for their arrest. However, there are always going to be outstanding warrants. Outstanding warrants are sometimes called active warrants, and that means that while the paperwork requiring the arrest of an individual exists, the arrest has not yet happened.
If you need arrest warrants information, try contacting the Hancock County sheriff. The sheriff’s email is sdodd at hancocklaw-ia.com. The office itself is located at 875 State Street, P.O. Box 70, Garner, Iowa 50438-0070.
Who should you contact if you need information on recent arrests and warrants in Hancock County? (By 2021)
- Call the Hancock Sheriff’s Office for information on arrest warrants-641- 923-2621.
- Call the Victim’s Advocate to access Victim/Witness Services-641-923-4198.
- Call the Clerk of Circuit Court for judicial records and a case search- 641-923-2532.
Crime statistics of Hancock County
The Sheriff’s Office of Hancock County handled approximately 37 criminal matters in 2019. Of the total number of complaints filed, around 31 were against property crimes, while 6 were against violent crimes.
With 17 cases, burglary had the highest occurrence rate of all property crimes. Petty theft brought in around 14 complaints. Aggravated assault cases formed the bulk of reported violent crimes, at 4 incidents.