In Steele County, MN, performing an arrest warrant search is simple. You can access the list through the sheriff’s department web page or go straight to it using this link http://www.co.steele.mn.us/divisions/sheriff_office/county_warrants.php.It is available in list form, or you can enter your information to be taken right to the summary. You can also find a gallery of the area’s most wanted on the Steele County, Minnesota website, complete with mug shots and charge lists. The sheriff’s information page does not give steps or directions on turning yourself in. You can call the sheriff’s department at 507-444-3800, and they will likely instruct you on the proper procedure.
Steele County’s past and current inmate list is also available to search. Every inmate that has been a “guest” at the Steele County Jail since January 1, 2000, is searchable. If you have an outstanding warrant in Steele County, you can turn yourself in to avoid being part of this search. If you don’t turn yourself in, and an officer arrests you, he will take you to jail.
Arrest warrants are judges’ orders to appear in court and answer for the crime you have been accused of. Some active warrants originate from the police who convince the judge that this individual must answer for this crime; other warrants come from probation officers when someone does not follow the rules; still, others come from the courts when a person fails to pay a fine or misses court. Most warrants stem from failing to meet obligations imposed by the courts or police. Arrest records are also available to the public; the first 4 pages of any records are free with only a nominal fee thereafter. Records can be obtained by calling 507-444-3803.
Violent crime complaints experienced a small decrease over the decade between 1999 and 2008. During that same time, complaints about all crime decreased by over 50%. The total crime was experiencing a steady rise until a sharp drop-off in complaints for the year 2008. This indicates that the lessening crime rate is not a trend but rather a change in reporting or some other chance occurrence.