The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Section’s primary responsibility is
the arrest of persons for whom warrants have been issued. A significant duty of
the section is to receive, record, update and administer the warrants and
associated paperwork. The Warrants Section is a part of the
Criminal Investigation Unit.
A Sergeant and three investigators staff the Warrants Section. Warrants
Investigators are plain clothes, armed, Deputy Sheriffs who have a minimum two
years experience, and who have shown a self-motivated ability to locate and
arrest wanted persons. A Warrants Investigator works day and evening shifts,
and is subject to callback at any time. Personnel assigned to the Section
assist the Criminal Investigation Unit as necessary.
Warrants Investigators work closely with the US Marshals Service, the NY State
Police Violent Felony Warrants Unit and the Utica Police Warrants Unit. The
Investigators also work with many local, state and out-of-state police
agencies. Investigators execute warrants for any requesting agency, and travel
throughout the state and country to retrieve prisoners who have been arrested
on Oneida County issued warrants.
The Warrants Section closes over 700 Sheriff’s Office warrants yearly, and
maintains an active warrant list of about 700 wanted persons. The warrants
originate from local courts, Oneida County Superior and Family Courts and
Oneida County Probation. The warrants are based on violation, misdemeanor or
felony charges, and may be:
Warrant of Arrest - issued for a person who has not yet been in court for the
charge named in the warrant. (Police Officer has proof that John Doe committed
a crime. Police officer asks the court to issue a warrant. John Doe’s first
appearance in court for the charge is when he is brought before the court when
arrested with the warrant.)
Bench Warrant – issued for a person who has a court action pending related to
the charge named in the warrant (John Doe has a criminal charge pending in
court. John skips his next scheduled court appearance. The court issues a Bench
Superior Court Warrant – issued by a superior court (County Court or Supreme
Court) to secure the appearance of a defendant who has been indicted.
A List of Warrants that have been issued or
updated in the last 30 days is available on this website. A list of
All Active Warrants is also available; however, the full list
contains over 700 entries and may take several minutes to load.