In an effort to reduce crime and clear local police warrant backlogs, Grays Harbor and Pacific County Sheriff’s Offices and the Washington State Department of Corrections teamed up with Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force, sponsored by the U.S. Marshals Service, in a three day warrant sweep operation called “Operation Coastal Harvest”.
This joint operation involved the execution of outstanding felony arrest warrants for sex offenses, violent crimes, weapons violations, and high profile drug cases. Three warrant teams comprising of officers from the participating agencies as well as team members from Immigration Custom Enforcement, conducted “knock-and-talk” warrants at locations throughout the counties over the last three days. As of mid afternoon Thursday, 50 Felony arrest warrants had been served. More arrests are likely in the coming weeks.
Grays Harbor Undersheriff Rick Scott said “50 Felony arrests in three days is a major accomplishment in such small rural communities. Usually, when the word gets out on the first day that the Marshals are in town all the fugitives go into hiding. In this case, the Agents, Officers, and Deputies kept on knocking on doors and talking with the public until the fugitive was located.”
The Marshals Service coordinated the operation and provided funding that allowed additional Deputies to participate at no cost to the Sheriff’s Departments. Similar warrant sweeps have been conducted around the State and it is the hope that these operations will continue in the future.