HOUSTON (KTRK) --The Bellaire Police Department is one of dozens of agencies across the state participating in the 2017 Warrant Roundup, which begins Saturday.
"If I had my way, I'd be completely out of the jail business," Bellaire Police Chief Byron Holloway said. "But the reality of it is, a person with open warrants is subject to arrest and they can be arrested."
Hundreds of police officers from across the state of Texas will be searching for people with outstanding warrants.
In Bellaire, 12,000 people have open warrants, according to Chief Holloway.
"They're class C misdemeanors," Chief Holloway said. "That could be a theft under $50, that could be a speeding ticket, a red light ticket."
Arrests could take place at any time or location.
"If they get stopped on their way to a ballgame or if they get stopped on their way to work, they're subject to arrest," Chief Holloway added.
Chief Holloway advises citizens who are concerned they may have open warrants to call their local courthouse or visit in person to pay any fines that may be owed.