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A new crackdown could save local people unaware of warrants out for their arrest the embarrassment of officers apprehending them in public, according to Victoria Police.
Operation Arrow would reduce warrant holdings to combat “high volume crime” across Geelong, the Surf Coast and Colac, police spokesperson Sophie Jennings said.
“The operation affords people who are either the subject of warrants, or (who) believe that they may be the subject of a warrant, the opportunity to contact investigators and arrange to have their matters addressed,” she said.
“Up to 40 per cent of people in the local community who are the subject of arrest warrants may not be aware of the existence of the warrant. This may be due to police being unable to later locate people who were interviewed for offences at an earlier time, people who were unable to attend or inadvertently missed a court date or warrants being issued by various other State Government departments where no interview is required.
“The benefit of Operation Arrow is that it affords people … the ability to contact investigators directly and arrange to meet at a suitable time and location.
“It also reduces the likelihood of being arrested in public and being conveyed to a police station, which can not only be inconvenient but often embarrassing.”
Operation Arrow also gave members of the public “the opportunity to contact investigators directly” with information about wanted people, Ms Jennings said.
She appealed for anyone who knew they had a warrant or believed they might have one to contact police.
“Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance and ask that if you failed to attend a previous court date for any reason, have been interviewed in relation to any matter and have not received any further documentation from Victoria Police or you have information which could assist in the apprehension of a wanted person, that you attend your nearest police station and have any outstanding matters finalised.”
Police have recently posted on social media numerous images of local people wanted on warrants.
The posts continued this week following the launch of Operation Arrow last Friday.

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