The Scotland County Sheriff’s Dept offers so much information and such an assortment of facilities for community safety and improvement. I am shocked that after all that, they do not provide any information on arrest warrants or arrest records on their website.
I mean the warrants list and the arrest log are the two sets of data from the police blotter that can actually make a difference to the safety quotient of the community. After all, if people know about antisocial elements around them, they are more likely to stay away from them.
While you can get an arrest report from the judiciary, the warrant list is going to stay out of your reach, even if you were to pay a private agency for their criminal check services. Let me explain this by first discussing:
The two classifications of criminal court records!
- Generic information: This includes police reports about criminal incidents, the most wanted list, the warrants list and arrest log for the day. Simply put, that is pretty much what the police did through the day or have been doing over a period of time. This is the information that is the hardest to find, save for the most wanted list, which is sometimes offered by the cops.
- Subject-specific data: These are criminal court records that pertain to a certain individual of interest. The information generally includes details on outstanding warrants against the subject, arrest records, court verdict, sentencing and correctional data. You can get your hands on this information by launching a paid offender search through the Clerk of Superior Court. The warrant and arrest inquiry will cost you $25 but you will get a certified background check report for it.
Who do I approach for an arrest report and criminal check in Scotland County?
- The police: If you are getting in touch with the police for any information pertaining to active warrants or for arrest reports, you will have to show up at the Sheriff’s Office in person. The agency can be found at 212 Biggs St, Laurinburg, NC 28352 and you can call them on 910-276-3385.
- The judiciary: The Clerk of Court works out of the same building as the police. So, you can cover both agencies at once. That said, you can also write to the judicial office and request them to launch a warrant search for you. Send your inquiries to PO Box 769, Laurinburg, NC 28353.
- The State Bureau of Identification offers a fingerprint based personal background search for $14. You will have to pay extra for fingerprinting services. Usually, the total cost works out to around $25-$30. But, this is the criminal check report you will need for immigration, employment and adoption. For more information on this, check http://ncsbi.gov/Services/Background-Checks.aspx.
How do I find arrest records online?
- The NC DPS: You can use the offender search tool provided by the Department of Public Safety that allows you to look up information on all convicts who have served time in the state correctional system. This facility is available at http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/offendersearch.do?method=view and you can learn about active and past inmates by using this app.
- The Facebook page of the Sheriff’s Dept: You will find information on some of the area’s most wanted suspects and even a few arrest mugshots on the page at https://www.facebook.com/SCSOKERSEY/.