by Tim Church
REPUBLIC, Mo. – In an effort to address the growing number of outstanding warrants accumulating in the Republic Municipal Court, the Republic Police Department is conducting a Municipal Warrant Sweep at the end of the month.
Republic Police Chief Mike Lawton says any citizens with outstanding Republic municipal warrants at that time will be arrested and brought to the police department, where they can then either post bond or go before a Judge to resolve the outstanding warrant.
The warrant sweep will take place over several days and those who fail to post bond will be held in the Republic Jail until they can come before the Judge.
Lawton says any citizens with outstanding warrants may avoid being arrested, by appearing before the Republic Municipal Court Judge prior to the start of the sweep.
The increase of municipal warrants can be linked to the Greene County Jail, who stopped accepting municipal warrant arrests in May 2015. As of January 2015, Republic had 872 outstanding municipal warrants, but as of February 26th, that number has grown to over one-thousand.