Weld announces ‘Op Reset’ to help residents clear low-level warrants
Published on August 17, 2021
The Weld County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday it’s providing residents an opportunity to take care of their low-level warrants through a new initiative called “Operation Reset.”
The county has seen since January 2020 a significant rise in the number of active warrants, primarily due to low bonds and softened arrest standards that were adopted statewide in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of July 31, there were 6,594 active warrants in Weld County, all of which were issued during the pandemic.
Of those newly active warrants, 920 are felonies while 5,674 are for misdemeanors. Of the misdemeanor warrants, 4,299 were issued by the courts for failing to appear and the vast majority of those are for failing to appear in traffic court.
The Weld County Sheriff’s Office understands – as is reflected in the data – most people with an active warrant aren’t hardened, career criminals. Maybe you were furloughed or lost your job during the pandemic and didn’t think you could afford the traffic fine and court costs. Maybe you were avoiding public places for your family’s health and well-being. Maybe you simply forgot about that court date.
Whatever the reason, now is the time to take care of that warrant that’s been hanging over your head because deputies are again actively pursuing fugitives and taking them to jail.
“It’s not worth missing work, potentially losing your job or having your kids placed with child protective services over a misdemeanor or traffic court warrant,” said Sean Standridge, sergeant of the Weld County Sheriff’s Office Strike Team. “In a lot of these cases we can get people into the jail, processed and on with their lives in just a couple of hours.”
To find out if you have an active warrant, visit our online search portal at apps1.weldgov.com/sheriff/warrants/. If you would like to speak with a detective and arrange a time to turn yourself in, call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit at (970) 304-6565.
Anyone with information regarding any crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward.