The Benton Police Department will be offering a warrant amnesty effective immediately through the end of December. The amnesty will allow non-violent warrant holders to come to the police department, pay a warrant fee, and they will receive a court date.
Anyone who knows or thinks they may have a warrant is encouraged to make contact with the police department immediately. If they have a non-violent warrant for failure to appear then their driver's license is also suspended. If they make contact with us to take care of the warrant then it starts the process of reinstating their driver's license so they don't have that burden hanging over them.
By contacting us they may be able to avoid additional fees such as impounding their vehicle if they are arrested on a traffic stop. If they turn themselves in they can eliminate an embarrassing situation of being arrested in front of friends or family during the holidays, or by being contacted at their place of employment.
This amnesty warrant initiative will end December 31st. Starting January 1st, anybody with a warrant will once again look at facing jail time when they are caught, regardless if it's a non-violent offense or not. Also, the amnesty will not be allowed if they are caught by an officer instead of turning themselves in prior to being apprehended.
Anyone with information about someone with a warrant is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 778-1171 or 315-TIPS. Individuals also may send an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text.