When considering the scope — the ideal of the objective, the collaboration, the spirit, the logistics — it’s difficult to distinguish what is most impressive regarding the various dynamics of the Fugitive Safe Surrender (FSS) program.

Foremost, perhaps, is the collaboration amoDan-Flannery-Fugitive-Safe-Surrender-Bookng the various quarters of a city neighborhood, a synthesis that often becomes an inspiring message of communal can-do. Then there’s the logistics, in itself a small miracle of bureaucratic bridge-building across platforms and technologies, eventually becoming unified in its strive for accuracy and efficiency. And these bridges extend to the spirit of community ministry and volunteerism as well, a spirit that brings folks out as kind voices and guiding hands.

In “Wanted on Warrants: The Fugitive Safe Surrender Program” ( Kent State University Press ), Dan Flannery, Ph.D, director of the Begun Center and principal investigator for the FSS program, has chronicled all of the above involving the history and evolution of the innovative Fugitive Safe Surrender program.

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The book – a slender volume blending empirical data, academic observations, media coverage, participant testimony, and Dan’s own first-person account of being a part of the process from conception to fruition – also serves as a guideline to other communities who might likewise seek to implement the program.

“Marshal Elliott would often say, ‘Desperate people do desperate things,” quotes Dr. Flannery. “Fugitive Safe Surrender is a way to take the desperation out of the situation and interaction that people with open warrants could have with law enforcement. And that’s why and how the program started here in Cleveland.”

Marshal Elliot is Pete Elliott , Director of the United States Marshals Service for the Northern District of Ohio, creator of the FSS program and with whom – either by coincidence or providence – Dan Flannery attended grade school and high school.

Dan notes that it was the death of Pete Elliott’s friend, Cleveland Police Officer Wayne Leon, that was the cause for what has become a successful, growing nationwide program. Dan quotes an observation made by Pete, culled from his years and experience: “Two of the most dangerous situations that officers find themselves in are serving warrants and traffic stops.”

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