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'Operation Second Chance'

Police offer new court date, no questions to low-level offenders who surrender

The Mountain View Police Department wants locals who may be dodging the authorities because of an outstanding warrant to know that they may be able to turn themselves in this month without fear of being locked up.

During the whole month of December, the department is participating in "Operation: Second Chance," which allows low-level, non-violent misdemeanor offenders to turn give themselves up without being booked. This includes some who may have warrants stamped "No Cite and Release" or "No Bail."

Those with felony warrants, violent offenses (including all domestic violence cases), warrants involving a firearm, resisting arrest, or a warrant for giving false information to an officer are not eligible for this program. However, a Mountain View Police Department blog post urges anyone with an outstanding warrant to surrender and begin taking care of their matters. The program does not apply to warrants from counties outside of Santa Clara County.

But those who do qualify for the program will be issued citations with a new court date and released on the spot.

"This program has been tremendously successful over the past seven years," the MVPD post explains. "More than 2,400 people have taken advantage of the program and avoided spending the holidays in jail by self-surrendering."

People may turn themselves in seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mountain View Police Department's headquarters, located at 1000 Villa St.

For more information or questions contact the Mountain View Police Department Records Unit at 650-903-6344. More information on the program is also available on the MVPD's blog, mountainviewpoliceblog.com.

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