HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. – Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis has announced another collaborative effort of Operation Safe Surrender in Hernando County.
Operation Safe Surrender was introduced in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2005, by U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott.
After losing a fellow officer in June of 2000, Elliott designed the program in hopes that fewer law enforcement officers would be hurt or killed in the line of duty.
Since the inception of Operation Safe Surrender, more than 35,000 individuals have surrendered voluntarily throughout the United States.
Several law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Florida have participated in events similar to this and have experienced great success, saving wanted persons time, money, resources, and embarrassment.
Operation Safe Surrender allows individuals with non-violent misdemeanor warrants a chance to have their warrant reviewed, and potentially resolved, instead of being arrested. Additionally, Operation Safe Surrender is not an amnesty program, but will offer favorable consideration from the Court.
Representatives from numerous agencies are working together to coordinate this event. These agencies are the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Hernando County Court, Hernando County State Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, and Hernando County Clerk of Circuit Court.
There are currently over 680 misdemeanor warrants on file at the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. Those individuals with warrants for non-violent offenses (retail theft, unlicensed animal, trespass, etc.), are encouraged to contact the Warrants Division at 352-797-3654 or follow the link – to determine if they qualify for Operation Safe Surrender.
Hernando County Operation Safe Surrender
- Date Friday, May 21, 2021
- Time 9AM to 2PM
- Location Hernando County Clerk’s Office – Spring Hill Location 7405 Forest Oaks Boulevard Spring Hill, FL 34606
- Please bring a valid photo ID
- No weapons or children are allowed
- Fines and/or fees may be reduced and collected at the event.
Please direct all question to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division at 352-797-3654.
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