The situation recently exposed in Phillips County regarding the county sheriff department not entering arrest warrants into the Arkansas Crime Information Center (ACIC) or the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) databases, reminds me of the words from an old Rolling Stones song from long ago - "I’m free, to do what I want, any old time….."

The situation recently exposed in Phillips County regarding the county sheriff department not entering arrest warrants into the Arkansas Crime Information Center (ACIC) or the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) databases, reminds me of the words from an old Rolling Stones song from long ago - “I’m free, to do what I want, any old time…..”
    Even though we are never too old to learn, with all the things going on in the world today, we should not be shocked to hear the news these days.  But admittedly, it has not only been shocking but quite frankly embarrassing to hear all the news about un-served warrants in Phillips County.  Helena is my hometown and people here have been suspicious about law enforcement for quite some time because criminals were not being caught and tried.  Guess what?  That’s because nothing was being done to catch them when they had ample opportunities.   Maybe if the county sheriff’s department had entered warrants into the databases, some of these criminals would have been prosecuted and off the streets for awhile.
    But instead, for more than two decades, the county sheriff’s department endangered not only the public but other law enforcement officers by not entering warrants into the (ACIC) or the (NCIC) databases.  Think about it for a moment.  Law enforcement comes in contact with a criminal for whatever reason, the officer checks to see if there are any outstanding warrants and FINDS NONE.  The criminal is free to continue to do whatever they want!!!  This could happen anywhere not just in Phillips County.  Criminals got to remain free and continue to endanger not just this community but any town or state they are in. 
    The latest news about the un-entered warrants is 197 Phillips County felony cases have been dropped for failure to serve fugitive warrants within the appropriate time they should be served by law.  Needless to say, over two decades there were many missed opportunities to get some of these criminals off the streets where they continued to commit more crimes. 
    Since criminals don’t have the possibility of a warrant hanging over their heads for these past crimes- Now they’re REALLY free! 
    And just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, IT DID.  When a judge requested the county sheriff to appear in court on Wednesday, June 20th,  he didn’t show up during the hearing.