Individuals with Outstanding Warrants Asked to Surrender During Event
HERNANDO – Do you have a non-violent misdemeanor warrant? If so, Sheriff Al Nienhuis invites you to surrender to the court and potentially have your case resolved without facing arrest.
Operation Safe Surrender offers individuals with non-violent misdemeanor warrants a chance to have their warrant reviewed, and potentially resolved, instead of being arrested. Officials say Operation Safe Surrender is not an amnesty program but it will offer favorable consideration from the Court.
Operation Safe Surrender was introduced in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2005, by U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott. After losing a fellow officer in June of 2000, Elliott designed the program in hopes that fewer law enforcement officers would be hurt or killed in the line of duty.
Since the inception of Operation Safe Surrender, over 34,000 individuals have surrendered voluntarily throughout the United States.
Several law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Florida have participated in events similar to this and have experienced great success, saving wanted persons time, money, resources, and embarrassment, say officials.
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Hernando County Court, Hernando County State Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, and Hernando County Clerk of Circuit Court are all participating in the event.
Officials say there are currently 650 individuals with a total of 677 non-violent misdemeanor warrants (retail theft, unlicensed animal, trespass, etc.), who qualify for and will be invited to attend this event.
The event will be held Saturday, April 29th at the Hernando County in Courtroom D, which is located on the first floor. The Courthouse is located at 20 North Main Street in Brooksville.
Defendants are asked to bring a valid ID and not to bring children or weapons to the event.
Fines and fees may be reduced and collected at the event.
RNRF may attend the event but will not reveal the identity of thos attending unless they are arrested at the scene.
If anyone has any questions, please contact the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Section at 352-797-3654.
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