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"Shasta's Most Wanted" launched with hopes to nab wanted criminals

Published On: Sep 17 2013 10:47:01 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 18 2013 12:26:04 AM CDT

Shasta County law enforcement officials have joined forces to launch "Shasta's Most Wanted."

On Tuesday afternoon Redding Police Chief Rob Paoletti announced a list will be given to media every week with five to six people who have failed to appear before a judge.

Their mugshots and information will be shown with the hopes people from the public will recognize them and turn them in or the wanted convicted criminal will turn themselves in.

"This is an attempt to send a message to the criminal element in our community," said Paoletti to a room full of law enforcement officers Tuesday morning.

"Shasta's Most Wanted" kicked off with a day-long raid of Shasta County with the hopes of nabbing people on the list.

"We're coming for you. Congratulations, you've got my attention," said a fired up Paoletti.

On Tuesday afternoon Paoletti was joined by Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko, Anderson Police Chief Michael Johnson and Wes Forman, Shasta County's Chief Probation Officer in making the announcement.

They said all offenders will be targeted, but some might be higher on the list.

"If they're one of those high level offenders and are causing havoc in our community they're going to rise to the top of the list," said Chief Johnson.

Despite the fact the Shasta County Jail has seen a proverbial "revolving door" in the wake of AB 109, officials said room will be designated for these offenders or they could be sent to another facility out of the county.

"We will hold them when they're arrested until they see the judge," said Paoletti.

Eleven people were arrested during the sweep on Tuesday.

The program kicks off this weekend.

Law enforcement said if you see people in the public you should call (530) 245-6540.