Wouldn’t it be nice if undertaking an arrest warrant search in Winnebago County, IA, began and ending with the county sheriff’s office?Unfortunately, the sheriff’s webpage has no links to any outstanding warrant lists. As a part of the official county website, the Winnebago County sheriff has a webpage, https://www.winnebagocountyiowa.gov/departments/sheriff-jail/, but it contains little more than the email and telephone contact information for the sheriff’s office.
For a county that experienced fewer than 160 reported crimes from 2001 to 2008, there may not seem to be the need for a public list of outstanding warrants for arrests of individuals.However, at any point in time, even Winnebago County may have some active warrants.
Because counties are required by Iowa law to maintain and transmit to the Iowa Department of Public Safety all crime statistics, it follows that both the Winnebago County sheriff and the county court clerk would have relevant data including active warrant information.To contact the Winnebago County court clerk regarding outstanding arrest warrants, call 641-585-4520.To reach the sheriff regarding inquiries into arrests and warrants, call 641-585-2828.
The state of Iowa’s Criminal History Record Dissemination Unit (https://iowacriminalhistory.iowa.gov/default.aspx), a part of Iowa’s Department of Public Safety, has arrest records and conviction records on file, and dispenses to the public only that information not requiring a waiver for release signed by the subject of the search, as provided by Chapter 692.2 of the Code of Iowa.The DCI site posts the following disclaimer:
The completeness of our criminal history data is dependent upon the information submitted by the law enforcement agencies and clerks of court throughout the state of Iowa. Therefore, the DCI cannot guarantee or certify that a person has not, in fact, been arrested or convicted in Iowa.
Thus, while the site may provide useful information on Winnebago County warrants, always treat that information with caution.