Sheriff’s Child Support Enforcement Unit Making an Impact

(Bel Air, Md. – March 2, 2006) — The Office of Child Support Enforcement Unit (OCSE) of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, working in conjunction with the Harford County States Attorney, is steadily making progress in apprehending individuals, both women and men, who are wanted for delinquent payment of child support. The OCSE unit receives approximately 200 summonses per month and is responsible for serving approximately 400 non-support arrest warrants annually.

Since December 2005 when the latest listing of persons wanted by the Sheriff’s Office was posted, 89 of 182 individuals have been located and arrested by sheriff’s deputies. This represents a 48.9 percent clearance rate in less than 90 days.

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office, with financial assistance provided by a grant from the Maryland Department of Human Resources has used newspaper ads, as well as spot announcements on Comcast television, listing those individuals wanted for failure to pay child support payments as required by court order. The newspaper ads are produced semi-annually.

Failure to pay court ordered child support may result in incarceration, fines or the suspension of a person’s driver’s license.

Commenting on the success of the OCSE unit in locating and apprehending delinquent child support offenders, Sheriff R. Thomas Golding stated, “Our success in arresting persons wanted for failure to pay child support is directly related to tips received through Harford County Crime Solvers and our office. Together, we are obtaining positive results in bringing people to justice for their lack of parental responsibility.”

Anyone with information as to the location or whereabouts of persons wanted by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office for outstanding child support should contact Harford County Crime Solvers 24- hour tip-line at 1-888-540-TIPS. Tipsters must call the tip-line to be eligible for a reward. Callers do not have to give their name or appear in court. All information is kept strictly confidential.