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BY JOSH PRESLEY
Starting next week, the West Point Police Department will begin posting its active warrant list in Daily Times Leader.
WPPD will publish 20-30 names in the paper every couple weeks, along with posting the complete list of active warrants at the police station on Westbrook Street.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said this will give residents an opportunity to come forward before these warrants are actually served to them. He said WPPD doesnâ€™t have a team go out and serve warrants because of other duties, so when an officer encounters someone with a warrant they take them into custody.
â€śIf someone has an active warrant on file and they get stopped on a routine traffic stop or go through safety checkpoints, they get to go to jail,â€ť Brinkley said.
This will be the second time WPPD has published its active warrant listing, the first being in October 2011. According to Brinkley, the city saw about a $200,000 spike in revenue from paid fines during that time.
He said many of the warrants on file are bench warrants, which authorizes immediate on-site arrest of the individual. Bench warrants are typically issued by judges for persons deemed to be in contempt of court, either by failure to appear or violating the mandates of the court.
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