Operation Safe Surrender offers alternative to fugitives

Mid-South law enforcement agencies will soon turn a local church into a safe place for fugitives to turn themselves in to authorities.

For four days next week, New Salem Missionary Baptist Church will be staffed with judges, court personnel, and church leaders, all part of Operation Safe Surrender.

According to Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell, law enforcement agencies will use the program as a tool to reduce outstanding warrants.

In exchange for turning themselves in, law enforcement will be able to clear certain charges against fugitives on site.  They will also be prepared to set court dates, and in some cases, make arrests. In return for voluntary surrender, criminals will get favorable consideration for their offenses.
"It's a way to deal with outstanding warrants in a way that is non-threatening, constructive to the criminal justice system, and to individual involved," Luttrell said.

Operation Safe Surrender will run from September 19th to September 22nd.   New Salem Missionary Baptist Church is at 2231 South Parkway, just west of East Parkway, near the Mid-South Fairgrounds.  The church's location can be found on the map below.

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