Governor Mike DeWine created the Ohio Governor’s Warrant Task Force in February 2019 in response to Ohio’s estimated accumulation of at least 500,000 unserved warrants.
Throughout the course of their research, task force members identified more than two dozen Tier I offenses that they recommend law enforcement officers prioritize when seeking wanted suspects. These crimes include offenses of violence as defined by Ohio Revised Code Section 2901.01(A)(9), other felony offenses that pose a substantial risk to public or officer safety, and the offense of misdemeanor domestic violence.
The group also recommended that authorities be required to enter warrants for Tier I offenses into Ohio’s Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) within 48 hours of the warrant being issued. Currently, law enforcement officers are not required to enter any warrants into either of these information-sharing systems, creating an unnecessary risk to public safety.