With more than 16,000 outstanding warrants in Edmonton, police say it’s time citizens deal with them.
Edmonton Police Service launched Operation Warrant Execution on Tuesday, a month-long campaign featuring billboards and posters encouraging people to turn themselves in.
“This is your opportunity to have that black cloud taken from over your head,” said EPS Staff Sgt. Regan James. “Come in to any one of the five division stations and turn yourself in.”
Warrants range from littering, parking and speeding to “thousands of assaults,” said James.
He added that many are violence-related, though homicide warrants “are few and far between.”
Those who do not turn themselves in by April 2 could face embarrassment, as EPS expands enforcement with visits to homes and workplaces, as well as publicly publishing names and pictures around the city.
“We will be actively putting those faces out of people that we select that we feel are worthy of being in the media,” said James.
Most of the warrants will result in a fine or additional court date, said James, though he said some will have more of the judicial process to go through.