Beaumont police and other law enforcement entities are starting their warrant roundup tomorrow and are advising anyone in the community with outstanding warrants to pay them today or face arrest.
According to a news release from BPD, area law enforcement agencies and municipal courts are joining forces to host the warrant round-up beginning Friday, July 25. Several cities within Jefferson County are participating in this round up.
This effort targets thousands of defendants with traffic, parking, city ordinance, penal code, and higher charge warrants from around the area, BPD reports.
Prior to the round up, law enforcement agencies offered a two-week grace period. The two-week grace period allowed citizens ample time to resolve outstanding warrants. Citizens that take advantage of this grace period avoid the additional costs, inconvenience, and embarrassment of arrest during the enforcement phase, which begins tomorrow, Friday, July 25 at 5:00 p.m.
Once the enforcement phase begins, officers will begin to serve any outstanding warrants. During the enforcement phase, people who did not take advantage of the grace period may face arrest anywhere including while driving, at home, or on their job.
BPD encourages any person with current warrants to contact the appropriate court and take care of their warrant. Most outstanding warrants can be handled through the appropriate city websites. Individuals do not have to present their original citation, however the person appearing before the courts must be the individual charges with the violations.
During the last warrant roundup in January, officers were able to clear over 800 outstanding warrants during the grace period and made over 350 warrant arrests during the enforcement phase.