The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is expanding an online database of Valley residents with outstanding warrants in hopes they will turn themselves in.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Friday the office enlarged the database to 70,000 names of people who have outstanding warrants for their arrests. The names can be accessed simply by clicking on the “Techno-cop” link on the office’s Web site, www.mcso.org.
There’s also a feature for people to submit anonymous tips if they know where an offender’s home or office is.
“If you’re on it and my posse has to come and arrest you at your home or workplace, well guess what?” Arpaio said.
“You’re going to jail. We’re hoping that people with outstanding warrants will come forward and clean up their record. If you violate the law, you should go through the criminal justice system.”
On Friday, the office added 25,000 names of those wanted for misdemeanors such as traffic violations or DUIs to the current 45,000 of those wanted on felony offenses.
The online warrant program was launched by the sheriff’s office a year ago, and about 500 people with outstanding warrants were cleared, Arpaio said. The sheriff’s office is the depository of warrants for law enforcement agencies throughout the county.
Although the list of online warrants doesn’t feature mugshots of offenders, it does have names, addresses, dates of birth and types of offenses.
Some of the warrants go back as far as the 1970s and could be searched by typing in a name or a ZIP code, Arpaio said.
Most of the warrants are for drug offenses (37 percent), fraud (18 percent), DUIs (12 percent) and moving traffic violations (10 percent), according to information released by the sheriff’s office.
Arpaio suggested that prospective employers should use Techno-cop to see if applicants happen to have an outstanding warrant.