Wichita Falls Municipal Court officials say they're happy with the results of this year's Great Texas Warrant Roundup despite clearing a fraction of the city's more than 12,000 outstanding warrants.
During this year's Great Texas Warrant Roundup, Wichita Falls Municipal Court officials say 810 people were either arrested or served for not paying their fines for traffic, code enforcement and other citations.
Although the actual number of outstanding warrants was more than 12,000, court officials say clearing that number is difficult.
"A great deal of that 12,000 are people from out of town. We have to communicate with them by mail," says Stan Horton, administrator for Wichita Falls Municipal Court.
Horton says the roundup did result in more than $255,000 in fines being paid at municipal court. And he says that money will eventually make its way back into the community.
"Most of that goes to the state but all of that goes into our community policing, the police department, their vehicles, keeping your neighborhood safe, the patrolmen out there. That's where that money goes. It doesn't pay the bills by any means but it helps put the officers on the street," Horton says.
And Horton says even though this year's warrant roundup is over the hunt for violators is not.
"We're still actively, every day serving warrants and those that refuse to come in, yes, they will be arrested," Horton adds.
Which should serve as a great reminder and incentive to pay those fines, year-round.
Although more than $255,000 was collected, municipal court officials say the total owed is actually in the millions.
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