Reporting Kate Raddatz
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Law enforcement agencies from across the Twin Cities are working together on a warrant sweep for domestic violence offenders in Hennepin County.
More than 50 officers representing 14 different counties began the sweep around 7 a.m. Wednesday. They searched homes and businesses, arresting individuals with outstanding warrants in both federal and offenses.
Authorities said Hennepin County has around 18,000 offenders with outstanding warrants. About 300 of those are for domestic violence.
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said coordinating this kind of large-scale project and putting these individuals in jail takes a team effort.
“It’s not often you get 14, 15 agencies together with 50 officers wearing different colored uniforms, different badges in partnership united for one cause,” he said. “They take this very seriously.”
The sweep will last until Wednesday afternoon. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office reported that a number of offenders called after the warrant sweep began to check if they had an active warrant, finding out how to clear it or turning themselves in. A spokesperson for the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office said that is a positive sign that the sweeps encourage offenders to take responsibility for their actions.