Warrant Sweep 4 06/17/99

PHONE: 961-2345
JUNE 17, 1999


Big Island police officers and state deputy sheriffs served 77 warrants Thursday (June 17, 1999) as part of their week-long sweep to reduce the number of outstanding warrants.

Thursday’s joint state-county operation brings the number of warrants served during the past four days of the sweep to 247.

On Thursday, 41 warrants were served in South Hilo, 16 in Puna and 20 in Kona.

There are a total of 4,849 outstanding warrants on the Big Island — 2,883 of them held by Field Operations and 1,966 held by the Records Section. The deputy sheriffs are helping Big Island police officers make a sweep of the South Hilo, Puna and Kona Districts to reduce the backlog.

So far, the sweep has resulted in 124 warrants being served in South Hilo, 52 in Puna and 71 in Kona.

The Police Department is urging residents who know there is an outstanding warrant on them to turn themselves in to the nearest police station. Doing so will avoid being served a warrant at their residence or place of work.

Residents who want to find out if they are wanted on an outstanding warrant should call 961-8805 in Hilo or 326-4646 in Kona.

Police in East and Hawaii say the sweep is working. Besides a large number of warrants being served, police report that many people are calling to find out if they are wanted on an outstanding warrant. Others are appearing at police stations around the island.

Major David Kawauchi of Area I Field Operations said the Police Department intends to hold similar sweeps in the future to keep the backlog of outstanding warrants at a reduced level.

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