The Long Beach Police Department is encouraging anyone with an outstanding traffic or non-violent misdemeanor warrant issued by the department to come to an event on Saturday to get it cleared up.
The event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Long Beach City College Pacific Coast campus on 1305 E. Pacific Coast Highway. People who come to clear their warrants can do so without fear of arrest, an LBPD news release said.
This is the first event of this kind for the LBPD, and the department hopes to clear some of the thousands of outstanding warrants dating as far back as 1970.
Those with warrants will be given a “notice to appear” paper with a new court date to take care of their original violation and the outstanding arrest warrant for the original charge will be removed from the warrant system, according to police.
Police note that some warrants are not eligible for release including: felonies, if the misdemeanor cited in the warrant involves violence (including domestic), a firearm, or resisting arrest, and if the misdemeanor cited in the warrant involves a violation of a restraining, protective or stay-away order.
“We are hopeful this event will assist those who may not know how to go about clearing their warrant, or ease the minds of individuals coming into contact with law enforcement,” said Detective Division Commander Paul LeBaron. “We are providing community members with active warrants the opportunity to take control of their current situation.”
Valerie Osier covers education and East Long Beach for the Long Beach Post. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @ValerieOsier
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