Before I start discussing the options available for a warrant search in Brunswick, let me explain the concept of a police blotter to those of you who are not from a legal or law enforcement background.
The term is simply a slang for everything handled by the police on a particular day. In others words, call it a diary that includes details on active warrants served, arrest warrants requested and received, the arrest log, cases filed and just about everything else that the officers did in the course of their day.
Can I really get access to the police blotter for Brunswick?
I would love to tell you that it is made available to anybody interested in criminal records. But in truth, you are not getting anywhere near the police blotter. At best, you may get access to some information pertaining to outstanding warrants and a few arrest records. Now, let me tell you about a few ways to get the data that is on offer from the sheriff’s dept.
- Social media: The FB page of the sheriff’s dept at https://www.facebook.com/brunswicksheriff/ has a few arrest mugshots and details on some of the offenders in their most wanted list. You will also find information on some of the cases under investigation. But in no sense is this a complete warrants list.
- Detained offender search: An official facility offered by the police of Brunswick, you can use the search tool at http://www.brunswicksheriff.com/detention-center/inmate-search to get recent arrest records. You can look for an arrest report by using the name of your subject or view the complete list of arrests.
Will I have better luck with my warrant search in Brunswick if I go to the courthouse?
The one thing I appreciate about Brunswick PD is that they have made it clear on their website that although they have access to criminal records they do not offer this data to the public. In fact, they are quick to send you to the office of the clerk for a warrant search. So, without a doubt, approaching the Clerk of Superior Court for information pertaining to arrest warrants and criminal records would make more sense. There are two ways in which you can avail the help of this agency:
- Visit them in person: If you have an hour to spare, you can always use the public service terminals at the clerk’s office to find the criminal court records you need. The agency works out of 310 Government Center Drive, NE, Bolivia, NC 28422. The best part is that you won’t be charged for this facility, although you will need to pay for any printouts that you may need.
- Send them a mail: If you are not too keen on driving down to the office of the clerk, you can always request that the results of your criminal check be sent to you. Actually, if you need certified copies of a background check, this would be the best approach. Use the form at http://www.nccourts.org/Forms/Documents/112.pdf to file the request. Mail it to the address above.
- Check out the court calendar: This inquiry will get you the least information of the three but it can be conducted from the comforts of your own home, which is what promoted me to include it in this list. The court calendar offers information on criminal matters that are currently being heard. You can use the name of the defendant or the case number to find information on particular matter. The search tool is available at http://www1.aoc.state.nc.us/www/calendars/Criminal.jsp?county=BRUNSWICK.