Operation Safe Surrender: 38 misdemeanor warrants processed, purged

***UPDATE***

Operation Safe Surrender concluded at 4:00 p.m. and yielded the following results:

34 offenders with outstanding misdemeanor warrants responded to the Suncoast Safety Council on September 17, 2016 which equated to a total of 38 misdemeanor warrants being processed and purged from the system.

Most of the warrants were for missing court dates (Failure to Appear) on various misdemeanors, traffic violations, and code violations.

A total of $1,113 in fees and fines were collected and additional payment plans were arranged for some defendants.

No arrests were made during the event.

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PINELLAS COUNTY — The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is giving an opportunity for residents who have non-violent misdemeanor warrants out for their arrest to turn themselves in.

The agency plans to play host to an Operation Safe Surrender event this Saturday, September 17th. The event will be held, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Suncoast Safety Council at 455 31st St. N in St. Petersburg.

People who have outstanding warrants can turn themselves in. In an email to the media, The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said, "In lieu of being arrested, those individuals with warrants meeting the criteria established by the State Attorney’s Office will have their case dismissal.

People with last names that begin with the letters A-K are asked to arrive between 9 a.m. and noon. Those with last names that start with the letters L-Z are asked to arrive between noon and 3 p.m.

No weapons or children are allowed.

The previous Safe Surrender event was held February 20, 2016 at the Suncoast Safety Council in Clearwater. The meeting resulted in 44 individuals appearing to mitigate 50 warrants. Most of the warrants were for missing court dates on various misdemeanors, traffic violations, boating violations, and code violations. A total of $1,944.70 was collected in fees at the time and additional payment plans were arranged for some defendants.

If you have any questions, please call (727) 582-6043.

(© 2016 WTSP)


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