DEFENDANTS who skip bail are facing a tough crackdown as North Wales criminal justice agencies join forces for Operation Turn-up.
The blitz will target outstanding Fail to Appear (FTA) warrants, imposed on defendants who have failed to turn up at court.
North Wales Police and Her Majesty's Court Service are working together to ensure offenders are brought to justice. Police officers will visit the homes of defendants without warning to bring them back to court to be dealt with.
North Wales Police Chief Inspector John Hughes-Jones said: 'North Wales criminal justice agencies take orders of the court very seriously.
Operation Turn-up will remind both defendants and the law-abiding public that those who skip bail will not get away with it.
'I advise those with a guilty conscience in North Wales to come forward now rather than wait for a knock on the door at a time not of their choosing.'
Operation Turn-up is part of North Wales Criminal Justice Board's commitment to bring more offences to justice and to enforce orders of the court.
Carol Moore, chair of North Wales Criminal Justice Board said: 'Failing to appear at court not only disrupts the course of justice it causes delays in the court process and inconveniences victims and witnesses.
'Measures are already being implemented to secure defendant attendance in the first place. For example police and courts are ensuring defendants given bail understand the consequences of failing to appear.'
She added: 'Operation Turn-up will complement these efforts and remind offenders that we will not tolerate the breach of court orders.
'Defendants with a Fail to Appear (FTA) warrant won't know when they might receive a visit from law enforcement agencies.'
During Operation Turn-up defendants with outstanding FTA warrants who are found at home will be escorted straight to court where they may be tried straight away for failing to surrender, and could receive an additional sentence for their non-compliance.
Turn-up is not just a short term focus on defendants who have skipped bail.
It heralds a clear change in how FTA offences are dealt with, and applies just as much to defendants considering skipping bail in the first place.
Police say the message is clear - from now on, defendants skipping bail will be dealt with robustly and immediately.