Edmonton police to blitz scofflaws

Edmonton police kicked off its second outstanding-warrant crackdown Wednesday, targeting violent offenders and bad drivers.

Edmonton cops target violent criminals, bad drivers with outstanding warrants

Edmonton police kicked off its second outstanding-warrant crackdown Wednesday, targeting violent offenders and bad drivers.

During the two-week blitz, dubbed Project Operation Warrant Execution, police will target people who have been issued warrants for failing to show up in court.

The first warrant campaign in April saw police execute more than 5,600 warrants and make nearly 2,700 arrests.

"This time, however, we’re going after those individuals who pose a significant risk to society either as a perpetrator of a violent crime or a hazard behind the wheel," said Staff Sgt. Regan James.

Officers will first target individuals with warrants for serious offences such as sexual assault, manslaughter and robbery and move on to people with warrants for vehicle infractions such as driving while impaired or disqualified.

Citizens with outstanding warrants can go to one of the five divisional police stations to turn themselves in, said police.

This time around police will not be publishing names and photos in the media or on the EPS website.

Police came under fire last spring when they inadvertently published the identity of a 16-year-old girl wanted on a warrant.

The blitz will run until Nov. 25.