Website helps confirm status of persons wanted by police

The Delaware Criminal Justice Information System Online Wanted Person Review for active warrants and capiases is online at pubsrv.deljis.delaware.gov/WantedPublic/ (Delaware State News photo)

DOVER — There’s no tracking system to quantify how many wanted persons have turned themselves in this year.

Regardless, the new Delaware Criminal Justice System Online Wanted Person Review site is designed to lessen the ever-changing statewide list of active warrants or capiases.

The ability to check on your own status has been an online option since the first of the year. A visit to pubsrv.deljis.delaware.gov/WantedPublic/ and a last name entered (first name optional) will provide a list of sought individuals, their full name, birth month and year, pending charges and court, race, sex, warrant and case numbers.

While some folks know they’re wanted for something, others don’t.

“We understand that you may not be aware of your wanted status,” DSP spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said. “Checking this website is an opportunity for you to become aware that there is possibly an active capias or warrant out for your arrest.”

Also, Cpl. Jaffe said, “It is not unheard of that a person may simply not know that they have an active warrant out for their arrest; this could simply be because they failed to change their address and never received the information in reference to their wanted status and/or they could not be located by law enforcement.”

Those unaware of their status are still just as wanted, however.

“A warrant for your arrest means a law enforcement officer has the right to take you into custody wherever you are,” Cpl. Jaffe said.

“Becoming aware of your status now, provides you with the opportunity to turn yourself in voluntarily and resolve the issue as opposed to being inconvenienced in the future.

“The warrants available in this database consist of warrants issued by the courts of Delaware. Recent changes in the status of the warrants may not be reflected in this online database.”

At 3:15 p.m. Thursday, a webpage visitor count tallied 33,370. Fifteen minutes later, the number was 33,463.

Though the information is posted publicly, that doesn’t make an apprehension by citizen a valid action to take.

“Do not attempt to make an arrest based on this warrant information,” Cpl. Jaffe said.

Confirming wanted status

If personal wanted status is confirmed, DSP “encourages you to contact the agency that issued the warrant or capias and turn yourself in as soon as possible.”

DSP locations and phone numbers are available online at dsp.delaware.gov/locations/.

Currently, DSP “often posts attempts to locate and attempt to identify suspects on our Facebook page,” Cpl. Jaffe said. “The post includes the troop and the trooper investigating the incident …”

Also publicized is Delaware Crimestoppers information at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com/ or the 1-800-TIP-3333 phone number for people to contact.

Thanks to an online, print and broadcast presence, there are multiple ways to interact and share information with the public.

“Not only has the use of our traditional media outlets, TV, radio and newspapers been very helpful, the use of social media, particularly Facebook which captures a large audience, and Crimestoppers have been very instrumental in the public providing assistance to law enforcement whether it be attempting to locate or attempting to identify a suspect,” Cpl. Jaffe said.

According to police, “Crimestoppers is working with the IT department to make their site more user friendly.”

Anyone with information on a wanted person can contact Delaware Crime Stoppers online at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com or by calling 1-800-TIP-3333.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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