The El Paso County criminal court is the only authority that has the power to issue a warrant for detention. However, the police do have the right to arrest a person on suspicion if the officer has some reason to believe that the individual who is being detained is about to commit a crime.
Law enforcement officials also have the authority to stop and search a person on the streets if he/she is suspected of carrying illegal substances or being in possession of illegal firearms. However, barring such instances or in cases where a police officer is a witness to a crime, an arrest warrant is needed to take a person into custody.
To get an arrest warrant, the DA's office and the Sheriff's Department follow a clearly specified procedure which involves the submission of a written affidavit that presents vital information before the court regarding the crime and the suspect along with the evidence.
The sufficiency of this information is the primary criterion in the issuance of an arrest warrant. Once satisfied with the details provided, the magistrate signs the document which is then legally termed to be an active arrest warrant.
When an active warrant is not put to use for the purpose of making an arrest because the suspect in question is unaware of its issuance or is absconding, the documents is saved in the national arrest records database as an outstanding arrest warrant.
Arrests can be made under the provisions of both active as well as outstanding warrants. In fact, arrest orders for felonies do not have an expiry period like an arrest order for misdemeanor charges. Also, the former can lead to an arrest anywhere in the country; while in case of the latter, an arrest is generally made within the limits of the issuing county.
For a warrant search in El Paso County, the most accurate source of information is the local Sherriff's Department. They can be contacted over the phone by calling on 719-520-7100. However, it would be more appropriate to visit them in person when seeking information on arrest records. Their office is located at 210 South Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903-2280.
Starting in 1999 and ending in the year 2008, over 222,000 crimes were reported in the county. This puts the annual crime figure at almost 22,000 incidents; of these, most are related to robbery and theft at nearly 17,000 cases while murder and sexual assault came in a distant second and third at just about 200 and 3000 reported incidents. However, these figures are quite high when compared with the other counties in the state of Colorado.
In fact, there has been an overwhelming increase of almost 50% in criminal activity. The crime statistics which pointed at 2000 reported crimes in El Paso in 1999 had increased to over 3000 instances by 2008. It is estimated that if this negative trend is left unchecked, the crime rate may very well burgeon to 25,000 the next few years. Over 48 criminal reports are filed in the county everyday which equates to almost one criminal incident every 30 minutes.