Nunavut police follow through on arrest warrants

RCMP encourages those with outstanding warrants to check in with local detachments

The Iqaluit RCMP’s crime reduction unit carried out 18 arrests on outstanding warrants in Iqaluit Dec. 6, along with other arrests in Cape Dorset and Clyde River. (FILE PHOTO)

By Sarah Rogers

Nunavut RCMP appear to cracking down on offenders who fail to appear in court by executing a number of outstanding arrest warrants in the Baffin region earlier this month.

The Iqaluit RCMP’s crime reduction unit carried out 18 arrests on outstanding warrants in Iqaluit Dec. 6, along with other arrests in Cape Dorset and Clyde River.

They were motivated as part of the RCMP’s crime reduction strategy and “commitment to safe homes and communities,” police said in a Dec. 12 release.

The warrants are issued by the Nunavut Court of Justice and executed by the RCMP.

Police said there are still additional warrants for failure to appear in court that have yet to be carried out.

“If you are aware that you are the subject of an arrest warrant, kindly address the matter by attending your local RCMP detachment,” the Iqaluit RCMP detachment commander, Garfield Elliott, said in the release.

As of this week, there are a total of 194 outstanding bench warrants across Nunavut.

The Nunavut court has issued an average of about 328 arrest warrants each year over the last five-year period.

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