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Clackamas County warrant sweep nets 25 arrests

Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies arrested a total of 25 men and women on family- violence warrants on Wednesday, Oct. 16, as part of larger statewide and national warrant sweeps.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team worked with agencies throughout Oregon, as well as agencies across the country, to arrest people with outstanding family-violence warrants. In total, they tried to serve 162 warrants and made 25 arrests, said Sgt. Robert Wurpes, sheriff’s office spokesman.

Clackamas County police departments that took part in the 11th Annual Family Violence Apprehension Detail included those from Milwaukie, Molalla, Lake Oswego, Gladstone, Oregon City, and West Linn, as well as the U.S. Marshals Service and Clackamas County Community Corrections.

The nationwide effort included about 200 county sheriffs’ offices, police departments, probation departments and community agencies from 21 states. All agencies served outstanding arrest warrants with charges ranging from harassment to murder.

This collaborative effort is designed to raise awareness of the problem of family and domestic violence in our communities, Wurpes said.

“It also demonstrates to offenders that they will be held accountable for their violence,” he added.

In the first sweep held in 2003, representatives from six Portland area law enforcement agencies tried to serve approximately 1,200 warrants and made 129 arrests, said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. Since then, police across the country have tried to serve more than 46,000 warrants and made 10,000 arrests.

Today the sweep is a national effort and the cornerstone of Clackamas County’s participation in Domestic Violence Awareness Month.