In an ongoing effort to reach out to the community, the Marshalltown Police Department has added a new feature to its website.
Visitors to the site can now view a listing of the city's most wanted fugitives. Those listed on the "Most Wanted" portion of the site are serious offenders who are the police department's highest priority.
Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper said his department is always looking for creative ways to whittle the city's 1,100 arrest warrants. He called the number of warrants "huge," and said he would like to see it decrease.
Tupper said the MPD wants to enlist the help of citizens to help keep their community safe. And with social media and increased Internet use, he believes the "Most Wanted" listing could prove to be a valuable asset that could help police arrest elusive criminals in a timely manner.
"I truly believe in a partnership with the community," he said. "We are taking advantage of every opportunity we have."
The list may be viewed by visiting the Times-Republican home page and clicking "Most Wanted" or by visiting ci.marshalltown.ia.us/static/departments/police/most_wanted.php.
Tupper stressed that citizens should not attempt to apprehend anyone they recognize from the site. Instead, anyone with information on these fugitives should contact the police department at 641-754-5725.