Warrant dragnet in Alberni nets 55 arrests – RCMP

Port Alberni RCMP arrested 55 people as part of Warrant Roundup Campaign in February, RCMP Cpl. Jen Allan said.

Port Alberni RCMP arrested 55 people on outstanding warrants in February, RCMP Cpl. Jen Allan said.

The arrests were part of a Warrant Roundup Campaign in Port Alberni. The initiative tracks down people who are wanted by the criminal justice system in Port Alberni for outstanding matters.

At 55 the number of people arrested fell short of the RCMP’s goal of 78, Allan said.

RCMP gumshoes combed the files looking for information then hit the streets even looking for people in their former residences and places of business.

“It was a concerted effort that was intended to make those individuals accountable to the processes of the criminal justice system,” RCMP Insp. Mac Richards said. “We gave them fair notice which allowed them ample time to clear up their outstanding matters, however many chose to ignore the warning.”

The roundup is expected to jump-start several stalled investigations, Allan said. In other cases it could be the final piece needed to solve an investigation.

The Port Alberni RCMP are continuing with the initiative.

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