June 12, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) – The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is urging individuals with active warrants to surrender to authorities regardless of the offense. On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, the Sheriff’s Office and 18 other law enforcement agencies throughout Hennepin County will begin conducting a warrant sweep to clear active warrants and make arrests.
“This year’s warrant sweep is focused on drug-related warrants due to the record number of opioid-related deaths last year. By clearing these warrants, we expect to save lives,” said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek. “No matter what your warrant is for, ignoring it will not make it go away. Our deputies and law enforcement partners are great at tracking down individuals with outstanding warrants and bringing them to justice for the crimes they have committed.”
Last year, there was 153 opioid-related deaths in Hennepin County, a 39 percent increase from 2014. In response the Sheriff’s Office launched #NOverdose, a drug prevention campaign. The Sheriff’s Office is aggressively investigating drug-related deaths as homicides.
Other types of felony and gross misdemeanor warrants will also be pursued. Individuals should determine if they are wanted on an active warrant, and satisfy the warrant regardless of the offense.
There are advantages to a voluntary surrender – by doing so, a wanted person will avoid being arrested by deputies at their home or workplace. A wanted person may surrender to the Sheriff’s Office or their local police department.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement agencies actively pursue and arrest individuals with warrants daily. A warrant sweep is one more method used to pursue individuals with active warrants.
To determine if you have an active warrant:
- Visit the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Central Records Unit at the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility, also known as the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Jail. It’s located at 401 South 4th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN.
- The Central Records Unit office and the PSF are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Bring a photo ID. You may call Central Records to see if you have a warrant for your arrest at 612-348-2000. A warrant number and/or case number will be required to check for warrants. You may not access information by phone when providing a name only.
To voluntarily turn yourself in:
- Individuals may turn themselves in to local law enforcement or they may turn themselves in anytime at the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility.
- Advise the deputy at the front lobby that you would like to turn yourself in. You may be placed under arrest and detained in the jail.
- Continued detention will depend on bail amount, release conditions, your ability to post bail, and the court schedule.
- Bring government issued identification with you, and cash, if you plan on bailing out.
Partner with us to fight crime:
Tipsters are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office with information concerning suspicious activities or the whereabouts of fugitives by calling 1-888-988-TIPS.
- Submit an online form – which can be found at www.hennepinsheriff.org.
- Text us at 847 411 – begin your message with the keyword HCSOTip and then continue entering your tip.
- Download an app for iPhones or android phones. The apps can be located by searching for HCSOTip or Hennepin. Clicking on the app will bring up a tip form that you fill to provide information.