Dozens turn themselves in for Operation Safe Surrender

- More than 40 people wanted by law enforcement turned themselves in to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday.

It was part of “Operation Safe Surrender.”

Those with non-violent misdemeanor warrants had the opportunity to turn themselves in and resolve their charges.

The sheriff’s office says it’s not a full-out amnesty program. However, it can lead to special consideration from the court.

“We are seeing different things, we are seeing things like the judge reducing fines, we are seeing the judge even reducing the charges themselves or even dismissing cases,” said Cecilia Barreda with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Previous safe surrender days have brought in nearly 200 people, with almost $10,000 collected in fines, court costs, and restitution.

Non-violent offenders can wipe the slate clean, while the sheriff’s office reduces its warrant load.

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