Operation Ceasefire: Fugitive Surrender
Operation Ceasefire is rolling out their newest program, Fugitive Surrender, this May. The goal of the program is to offer individuals with a warrant out for their arrest a chance to "Stop Running and Start Living".
Fugitive Surrender is based on the highly successful "Fugitive Safe Surrender" organized by the U.S. Marshals. Operation Ceasefire's local program will be a one day event where fugitives can turn themselves in at a neutral, "safe" site. As a part of the program, Magistrates have agreed to consider issuing the lowest bond available for people who turn themselves in as a part of Fugitive Surrender. In addition, Fugitive Surrender will also reduce the likelihood of chance encounters on the street, which could potentially put both the Law Enforcement Officer and the Suspect at risk. It also avoids the possibility of a suspect being arrested in front of children and family members.
Organizers of Fugitive Surrender would also like to ask family members and the community to talk with people who may have a warrant and encourage them to turn themselves in. By having the support of family, the community, and the church community, a person who has made a mistake in the past and is now ready to reclaim their life can now take a positive step to improve their outlook for the future.
Fugitive Surrender will be held on May 14th, from 9 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon. There are three turn-in locations for suspects:
- Kingdom Impact Global Ministries, 2503 Murchison Rd.
- Manna Church, 5117 Cliffdale Rd.
- Cumberland County Detention Center, 204 Gillespie St.
A partial list of warrants with approximately 1600 names of individuals with warrants will run in an ad in the Fayetteville Observer on May 8th. Warrants can also be found on the Fayetteville Observer's website, www.fayobserver.com, and the Fayetteville Police Department's website, www.bethebadge.com. Residents who believe they may have a warrant can come to any of the turn-in sites to check with Law Enforcement Officers and take advantage of this opportunity.
Fugitive Surrender is being run in cooperation between Fayetteville Police, Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, Cumberland County Clerk of Court, the 12th Prosecutorial District DA's Office, the US Attorney's Office, and the NC Department of Corrections.
Operation Ceasefire is a multi-agency collaboration between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to end gun violence. Some of the programs Operation Ceasefire runs throughout the year include:
- Movie Night
- Fugitive Surrender
- Offender Call ins
- Community Outreach
- Suppression Programs
You can find a database of the individuals with warrants who can take advantage of Fugitive Surrender on our website at http://www.bethebadge.com/fugitivesurrender.aspx
If you would like to learn more about the Operation Ceasefire, you can visit their website at http://ceasefire.ci.fayetteville.nc.us/