HERNANDO COUNTY SHERIFF AL NIENHUIS HAS A DEAL FOR YOU. INDIVIDUALS WITH OUTSTANDING WARRANTS FOR NONVIOLENT MISDEMEANORS AND TRAFFIC OFFENSES IN HERNANDO COUNTY ARE BEING GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO POTENTIALLY RESOLVE THEIR CASES INSTEAD OF BEING ARRESTED AT “OPERATION SAFE SURRENDER” ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21st.

According to the Sheriff, there are currently over 650 misdemeanor warrants on file at the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

Operation Safe Surrender will once again allow individuals with non-violent misdemeanor warrants a chance to have their warrant reviewed, and potentially resolved, instead of being arrested saving wanted persons time, money, resources, and embarrassment.

The Operation Safe Surrender program was introduced in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2005, by U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott. After losing a fellow officer in June of 2000, Elliott designed the program in hopes that fewer law enforcement officers would be hurt or killed in the line of duty.

Since the beginning of the program more than 35,000 individuals have surrendered voluntarily throughout the United States.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the Operation Safe Surrender event in coordination with the Hernando County Court House, Hernando County State Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, and Hernando County Clerk of Circuit Court. 

The event will be held at the Hernando County Courthouse located at 20 N. Main Street, First Floor in Courtroom D on Saturday September 21, 2019 from 9 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. 

If you decide to take advantage of this opportunity please make sure and bring a valid photo ID. No weapons or children are allowed. Fines and fees may be reduced and collected at the event.

Individuals with warrants for non-violent offenses (retail theft, unlicensed animal, trespass, etc.), are encouraged to contact the Warrants Division at 352-797-3654 to determine if they qualify for Operation Safe Surrender.