Dallas police on Friday announced a huge effort next week -- a warrant roundup for 250 people, including men and women wanted for felony family violence.
When suspected domestic offenders go to jail, then skip bond, don’t show up in court or violate probation, warrants are issued for their arrest.
“We are all working together to see if we can reduce domestic violence by aggressively going after wanted felons,” said Major Rob Sherwin with the Dallas Police Department.
Sheriff’s deputies will be part of the 100 law enforcement officials on the street looking for the 250 wanted suspects, starting Tuesday.
"We will find you, whether it’s at your house, your mama's house, your work,” said Captain Mark Howard with the Dallas Sheriff’s Department. “We are going to use all of our investigators. We're also using our U.S. Marshal’s Task Force next week, and we are gonna find you and we're gonna put you in jail before the weeks is out.”
“They want to send a message to the community that, look, you are safe,” said defense attorney Anthony Farmer.
Farmer says the roundup is also a chance for wanted suspects to turn themselves in.
“To avoid any embarrassment that they may incur at their jobs or at their churches or wherever they may be,” he said.
Attorney Cynthia Barbare agrees, but doubts many will voluntarily surrender.
“I don’t think it’s gonna make a difference; I really don’t,” she said. “But it does get the word out that we here in Dallas County are not gonna stand for that and we want to make a change.”
To the offenders, Genesis Women's Shelter's Jan Langbein says there’s a greater message.
“You shouldn’t want to commit domestic violence anywhere, but you certainly don’t want to commit domestic violence in Dallas, Texas,” said Langbein.
Next week, police plan to publish a list of all of the 250 with outstanding felony warrants for domestic violence.
Currently on the Dallas Police Department’s blog, dpdbeat.com, 46 pictures are posted of those most wanted for domestic violence, along with their names.
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