Operation Safe Surrender starts today in Onondaga County. This is the first time law enforcement has launched the program aimed at cleaning up outstanding warrants.
Well, why surrender?
Having an outstanding arrest warrant often means the police going to your home or workplace; talking to family, friends and neighbors; having your photograph published on an Internet warrant data base; or possibly broadcasted on local television. It frequently ends with those people being arrested at a time that is embarrassing, inconvenient and sometimes financially costly should they be stopped in a motor vehicle that now has to be towed.
The Syracuse Police Department, in partnership with The Onondaga County Sheriffs Office, The United States Marshals Service, and The Onondaga County District Attorney's Office are sponsoring a warrant initiative called "Operation Safe Surrender."
"It is a way to ensure that you will not be arrested and that there will be no harm to anyone," said Helen Hudson co-founder of Mother's Against Gun Violence. "Community Leaders along with the clergy will be on hand to ensure that it is a Safe Surrender and I am urging anyone that has an outstanding warrant to come in, get it cleared up and proceed on with your life without having to look over your shoulder waiting for the ball to drop."
Inside the two days:
Friday June 4 noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday June 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Criminal Courts Building at 505 South State St., Syracuse, persons with outstanding arrest warrants will be allowed to surrender themselves in a controlled environment and in doing so may be given favorable consideration by the court with regards to bail status at their arraignment.
To provide expeditious handling of the anticipated number of arraignments, the court will extend hours.
This initiative is based on the need to serve court ordered arrest warrants; and the desire to enhance the safety of the community, its citizens, the police, and the persons with these outstanding warrants.
To see if you have an active arrest warrant hit the Active Warrants button under Public Information on the home page. There are 6,300 warrants out.
Note: The police are planning a follow up initiative to actively seek out warrants that are still outstanding after this two day initiative.