Flint police are launching a new effort this week to clear a backlog of misdemeanor warrants.
The department has more than 23,000 misdemeanor warrants on its books. Some of them date back to the 1970’s.
Flint Police Chief James Tolbert says these warrants for relatively minor offenses can lead to major problems for police.
“Because they’re wanted, they run for us. They engage in high-speed pursuits,” says Tolbert.
Tolbert says “Operation Fresh Start” lets people resolve their outstanding warrants without being arrested.