The sheriff’s department said that during the app’s first full week of use, investigators received more than 100 tips, which led to deputies clearing 51 warrants on 39 wanted persons.
The app was released to the public last week on the sheriff department’s website and on Android devices. This week, Apple has approved the Neighborhood Cleanup app for download on iPhones. Users can find it on the App Store by searching “Carter County Sheriff” or “Neighborhood Cleanup”.
The app provides a map of the last known addresses of all suspects with active arrest warrants, along with their pictures and a list of their suspected crimes. Users can access a map that shows the last known addresses, which will let them check their own neighborhoods for persons with active arrest warrants.
If anyone has information on the wanted person, they can send a tip through the app to the sheriff’s department, and officers will use that information to help make arrests. The app also allows suspects to turn themselves into the sheriff’s department.
Two years ago, to combat the backlog of arrest warrants, the sheriff’s department also developed an automated system called Arrest Watch, which notifies deputies when an individual with an outstanding Carter County warrant is booked into jail anywhere in the country.
Last week, Arrest Watch identified an additional 15 wanted persons with 20 outstanding arrest warrants in other jurisdictions and allowed deputies to place detainers on them for transport back to Carter County for adjudication. Combined with the first week’s results from Neighborhood Cleanup, deputies have cleared 71 warrants on 54 people, in addition to conducting normal law enforcement activities
With this type of emphasis on serving warrants and making arrests, the Carter County Sheriff’s Department has cut its number of outstanding warrants down from approximately 4,000 warrants three years ago to 1,340 warrants today.
Why is this important? The warrant enforcement has led to a reduction in reported crimes. The sheriff’s department said that since 2014, Carter County has seen a 23 percent reduction in overall reported crimes, with theft falling by 20 percent and burglary by 48 percent.