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Sheriff's office participates in statewide nonsupport sweep

The sweep, carried out in all 21 New Jersey counties, tracks down parents with outstanding warrants for failure to pay child support.

The Sussex County Sheriff’s Office’s participated in the New Jersey Statewide Nonsupport Warrant Sweep.

The sweep targets noncustodial parents who are seriously delinquent in making child support payments. It is a cooperative effort of sheriff’s offices in all twenty-one counties, the Sheriff’s Association of New Jersey, the New Jersey Division of Family Development and the New Jersey Office of Child Support Services.

According to Sussex County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kieran McMorrow, the operation, carried out today by sheriff’s officers armed with arrest warrants, began in the early morning hours and resulted in the apprehension and arrest of seven individuals who failed to pay their court ordered child support. Additionally, two individuals surrendered themselves directly to the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office.

Those arrested in the sweep were processed and lodged in the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility. In order to be released, a delinquent parent must pay all the monies owed. If unable to make full payment, a court appearance will be scheduled and at that time, a Superior Court judge will determine, on a case-by-case basis, the amount that must be paid in order to gain release.

Sheriff Strada, noting that the sweep will continue through Thursday, advises that Sussex County residents with an active warrant for nonsupport may want to contact his office to make arrangements for surrender to avoid being rousted by sheriff’s officers.

Know the whereabouts of someone for whom an arrest warrant has been issued for nonsupport? Members of the public can use this web site to submit an anonymous tip. Simply navigate to our wanted section, take a look at the gallery of wanted individuals and if you spot someone you can help us out with, click on the envelope icon to the far right of the wanted person’s name to access and submit our tip submission form.

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