INDIANAPOLIS, Ind, (April 13, 2016) - Police officers are trained to expect anything when they serve a warrant.
Right now there are 22,500 active warrants in Marion County. Operation Safe Surrender is a unique program with a goal to make a dent in that number and provide a safe environment for everyone.
“You treat a warrant as a warrant whether it’s a misdemeanor or a felony. You’ve got to be on you’re a game and expect and deal with anything," said Captain Jack Geilker of the Marion County Sheriff's Department.
Marion County law enforcement and the community are coming together for the next three days to provide criminal court and community services at Messiah Missionary Baptist Church on the city’s east side.
Operation Safe Surrender is for people who have low-level offences like a suspended driver’s license or petty theft where there is an outstanding warrant.
“This is an opportunity to clean your record up and to safely get another date in court without having to go to jail,” said David Rimstidt, Marion County's Chief Deputy Prosecutor.
These folks can come to the church, surrender and have their case reviewed and get a new court date set.
“It really is a win for everyone. It lifts a warrant then the person can go apply for that job that maybe that warrant was holding them up on or go get their driver’s license reinstated," said Captain Geilker.
If a check of an individual shows an active warrant for anything higher than a level 6 felony, that person will be arrested, but it will be in that safe environment.
Operation Safe Surrender dates and times:
- Thursday, April 14, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Friday, April 15, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Saturday, April 16, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Messiah Missionary Baptist Church, 5640 E. 38th Street Indianapolis, IN 46218
Active warrant information may be found on Indiana’s public court information website by clicking here.
Active warrants are indicated by a “W” in the case information listing. Questions regarding an individual’s warrant status may also be directed to the Marion County Public Defender Agency at (317) 327-3982.