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Law enforcement works to serve outstanding warrants in sting operation

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A hunt to serve outstanding warrants this summer led to a sting Thursday evening in Dubuque. It's a part of Operation FALCON, a joint effort between the Dubuque Police Department and six other law enforcement agencies to track down Dubuque residents with outstanding warrants. Lt. Steve Olson is with the Dubuque Police Department.

"Operation FALCON was a program that was initiated by the United States Marshals Service in 2005. It actually is an acronym, federal and local cops organized nationally." said Lt. Olson.

Lt. Olson says Dubuque began Operation FALCON stings in 2009.

"We look for the more high risk warrants, not so much weapons and stuff like that," he said. "We are looking for the individuals that are wanted for serious crimes, serious misdemeanors, aggravated misdemeanors, and felony charges."

On Thursday evening, Operation FALCON was broken up into three different teams including officers of each organization. Each of those teams had a list of 30 to 40 outstanding warrants. The goal was to go door to door, trying to track down each potential offender.

"It's beneficial to clear off those individuals that are wanted, and it's beneficial to the community to see that we do take invested interest in individuals that are wanted, by protecting them, and getting them out of the neighborhoods that people don't even know that they are in." Lt. Olson said.

Law enforcement agencies involved in Operation FALCON include; the Dubuque Police Department, Dubuque County Sheriff's Office, the Iowa State Patrol, the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation, United States Marshals, the Iowa Department of Corrections, and the FBI. Thursday evening was the third time this year Operation FALCON has been executed in Dubuque. Officials at the Dubuque Police Department say they arrested eight individuals Thursday evening in Operation FALCON. They say of those eight individuals 13 felony warrants were served and seven misdemeanor warrants were served leading to twenty warrants on eight people.

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