Nearly 4,000 Take Advantage Of Safe Surrender Event

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NEW BRUNSWICK – Approximately 3,901 wanted persons from across New
Jersey voluntarily turned themselves in at Fugitive Safe Surrender, held
Nov. 3-6, at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in
Somerset. Because not all cases have been processed, the total is
still being counted and is expected to approximate 4,000.

To put this event’s numbers in perspective:

* New Jersey’s Fugitive Safe Surrender total has now topped
10,000. A total of 10,249 individuals have turned themselves in at the
state’s three Fugitive Safe Surrender events (including 2,245 at
FSS-Camden in November 2008 and 4,103 at FSS-Newark in November 2009.

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* Each person who voluntarily surrenders represents an estimated
savings of $420 to local governments (counting the jail and police
manpower costs involved in arresting and holding someone wanted on a
traffic warrant or other municipal warrant) – resources that can now be
dedicated to other public safety matters. This estimate does not include
the collection of fines, court fees and driver’s license restoration
fees that would otherwise go unpaid, and other benefits realized when
individuals are free to stop hiding from the law and begin contributing
to their families and society.

* Each person who surrenders also removes the threat of potential
to danger to law enforcement, the individual’s community and family,
and the individual him- or herself. During the past five years,
approximately 29 police officers nationwide have been killed while
interacting with wanted fugitives, many of whom were wanted for minor,
non-felony offenses, according to research of the Officer Down Memorial
Page.

Of the 3,901 individuals who turned themselves in at Fugitive Safe
Surrender-Central Jersey:

  • An estimated 71 percent had at least one warrant arising from
    municipal courts (including disorderly persons offenses, municipal
    ordinance violations or traffic violations)
  • An estimated 15 percent had at least one superior court warrant
    (including criminal matters, or family court matters)
  • An estimated 14 percent had no warrants.
  • Additionally, half of one percent of the total (approximately 20
    individuals) were taken into custody. These individuals were wanted for
    violent crimes, had a history of violent crime, or had warrants from
    other states whose authorities demanded extradition.

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