An arrest warrant search in Randolph County, AR, need not be an exercise in frustration. Unlike several other counties in the region, the county sheriff provides an informative and user-friendly website (http://www.randolphcountysheriff.org/) that provides links to many resources, including:
- Press Releases
- Sex Offenders
- Most Wanted
There is no direct link on the sheriff’s site to an online list of outstanding warrants in Randolph County. Furthermore, while there are links for “Hot Cases” and “Patrols,” no information is listed on the linked pages. For leads on Randolph County active warrants, contact the sheriff’s office, open from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, Mondays through Fridays.The address for the office is1510 Pace Road, Pocahontas, AR 72455. To reach the office by telephone, call (870) 892-8888.
The Randolph County sheriff’s website has a FAQs section with information on criminal background checks, which may be used to investigate arrest records. According to the Randolph County Sheriff site, they give out limited information to the general public for a small fee. Information provided is circumscribed by Arkansas’ Freedom of Information Act. Generally, information dispensed includes items included in the Randolph County Sheriff’s records, such as:
- Incident/Offense Reports
- Accident Reports
- Jail Booking Records
- Warrant Records
- Civil Process Records
- Dispatch Logs/Complaint Cards.
However, data on investigations that are not yet completed, or juvenile matters (either of which may contain information on arrest warrants), or records that are sealed/expunged, is not dispensed. The Randolph County sheriff will not dispense information from Arkansas’ Crime Information Center database. Nor will they give access to information from the National Crime Information Center. The Randolph County sheriff redirects those seeking more detailed information to contact the Arkansas State Police Identification Bureau (www.asp.state.ar.us).
Whether it is connected with one of the 150 or so reported crimes that take place each year in Randolph County, Arkansas, or to ensure the integrity of a new employee or tenant, searches for arrest records, outstanding warrants, and criminal backgrounds yield potentially damaging information. A Randolph County outstanding warrant does not mean a person is guilty, nor do arrests. Keep in mind the “innocent until proven guilty” saying when researching arrest records. Information is a powerful tool, and the information gathered through such a search should not be misused.