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NCJ Number: 134336 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Arrest Warrant Letter Service
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:58  Issue:12  Dated:(December 1991)  Pages:49-53
Author(s): D G Born; W R Olin; M O Hall; R Dalquest; J W McBride
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
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United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The warrant service letter project in the Lawrence, Kansas Police Department (LPD) is evaluated regarding cost reduction and effectiveness of warrant service delivery.
Abstract: The project used a warrant list comprised of over 3,200 municipal warrants which were categorized into minor traffic infractions, other traffic offenses, and criminal offenses. Of these, a random sample of 200 individuals from each of the 3 categories was selected for the mailing process and compared with personal delivery of 108 warrants by 2 officers. The mailed warrant informed the recipients of their outstanding warrant and the way to resolve it. The costs of serving an individual by mail in each of the three warrant categories averaged between $39 and $43, whereas the cost of personal delivery by officers averaged $63 per warrant. Warrant letters provide a comparatively inexpensive method for serving warrants as compared with the previous methods of accidental discovery of warrants during routine police operations or personal delivery of warrants. Although this method will not service all warrants, it will reduce the number of cases requiring the more expensive procedures and may resolve warrants in cases where law enforcement officers have no practical alternative means of warrant service.
Main Term(s): Arrest warrants
Index Term(s): Cost analysis; Kansas
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