Residents that have municipal warrants in Tomball might want to think about clearing those up by the end of the month, as the Tomball Police Department (TPD) is preparing for a warrant roundup March 1.
TPD will be among the hundreds of law enforcement jurisdictions across Texas participating in the 2014 Great Texas Warrant Round-up.
City officials said that the Tomball Municipal Court has thousands of active warrants it is seeking to clear.
Municipal Court officials are encouraging defendants to take advantage of one of the options available to settle outstanding warrants. However, no amnesty is being offered in conjunction with the round-up effort.
"We sent out notifications last spring, which some defendants took advantage of and paid out their cases, yet many others did not and as a result, still have active cases that can cause them to be arrested," said Det. Frank Mitchell.
Mitchell added that once the warrant period begins, TPD officers will aggressively target those persons on the warrant list. That could include a visit from an officer at your front door, your job and even where you go to school.
"We are notifying defendants that there are numerous options available to assist them in quickly and conveniently taking care of their outstanding warrants without being arrested before March 1st," Det. Ron McGullion said.
"The license plate recognition program has been piloted since Oct. 2012 and proven to be very successful in helping us locate (those with outstanding warrants)," Mitchell said. "With the assistance of this program and other law enforcement, we fully intend to use the entire scope of our resources and want to make everyone aware that ignoring your court matter is not acceptable practice."
Officials said they began to send notices to people with active warrants last month, but warns offenders that not receiving a notice doesn't necessarily mean their warrant has been cleared. Due to a high number of outstanding warrants, some may not receive notice. Mitchell advised people to contact the court to double check.
For more information on warrants or citations contact the city's municipal court at 281-351-7894 between the hours of 7:45 a.m. to 5p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday court hours are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents may also check a warrant status online at www.tomballtx. gov.