CLEVELAND - The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office has reduced its number of outstanding criminal warrants by nearly 45 percent in the past four years.
As of August, there are just under 10,000 outstanding criminal warrants, according to John O'Brien, the public information officer for the sheriff's office. In 2009, there were just under 18,000 warrants.
The drop, O'Brien said, is largely because of the diligent work of the office's warrant unit. The unit is comprised of eight deputies and one sergeant. Together, they track down and arrest fugitives throughout Cuyahoga County, sometimes up to 15 of them in a day.
O'Brien also said that the office has made it a priority to weed out warrants of people who are no longer alive.
It's also thrown out warrants in which the crime was minor and took place many years ago.