Montgomery County Police opened up the County’s first warrant turn-in facility on Tuesday at the Montgomery County Detention Center on 1307 Seven Locks Road in Rockville.
This new facility will allow those with outstanding warrants to avoid potentially being arrested at home by turning themselves over to police on their own time.
Montgomery County Police Spokesperson Rick Goodale said police hope the facility will help alleviate an overflow of outstanding warrants.
“It’s just another way for the department to try and clear out some of the backlog we have,” Goodale said.
The facility will be mostly for those with low-level warrants involving offenses such as driving on a suspended license or shoplifting items under $100. Goodale said with the District Court issuing more and more low-level warrants each day, it’s hard for police to keep up with the demand.
While it may not seem like a benefit for those who might be bound for a jail cell and a bond hearing, the warrant turn-in facility allows those with outstanding warrants to potentially avoid the embarrassment of having police make arrests at one’s home or place of work.
“It’s the same process here, the only difference is you’re going to the facility on your own and you’re not getting locked up on the street, at work or at home,” Goodale said.
Those who prefer to surrender themselves the old-fashioned way, can go to a Police District station or a patrol officer on the street.
Those who are issued a warrant would likely receive it in the mail. The turn-in facility will be open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and no appointments are necessary. Those looking to turn themselves in must have a valid identification and be at least 18 years old.
The County’s six Police District stations are open 24/7 and are also available for those with outstanding warrants who want to turn themselves in.