This year the Houston Police Department will join more than 300 Texas law enforcement agencies for the warrant round-up. That makes the annual initiative the largest to date.
Each year around this time the warrant round-up targets those who have outstanding fines from traffic, parking or city ordinance tickets. Lt. Kristine Anthony with the Houston Police Department says the time to pay outstanding tickets is now.
“I’m sure no-one wants to undergo the embarrassment of being arrested in front of your friends, family, co-workers, strangers. I’m sure you don’t want the inconvenience of having your car towed, the added expense and inconvenience of that.”
She says those who wait until March 2 will receive no amnesty and be arrested — regardless of the number of warrants someone has.
“Please know that individuals with any number of warrants are going to be aggressively sought. Don’t think because you have two or three and someone next to you has 20 or 30… we’re aggressively seeking all.”
Police chiefs and constables from several surrounding cities and Harris County precincts joined HPD and the Houston Municipal Courts for the announcement. Presiding Judge Barbara Hartle says most jurisdictions take cash, checks and credit cards.
“You can look on those websites and find out how to pay or contact those offices in person and find out what you need to do.”
The Houston Municipal Courts will be mailing out notices to those with active warrants from the city of Houston. You can also call 3-1-1 to find out if you have outstanding warrants.
During last year’s round-up, Houston police arrested almost 3,700 people and the city’s municipal courts collected more than $2.5 million in fines and fees. Altogether, more than 31,000 cases were resolved during that time.