WIMMERA police could run more operations with the Sheriff's Office to clear more than $6 million in unpaid fines.
Horsham Senior Sergeant Brendan Broadbent said figures released by the Sheriff's Office last week meant the region's law enforcers might team up with sheriff's officers more frequently.
"We have a really good working relationship with the Sheriff's Department and we run a number of joint operations with them throughout the year," he said.
"We are happy to continue to run joint operations to assist the Sheriff's Department to identify fine evaders in the Wimmera.
"Perhaps people aren't taking on board the reasoning behind the fine."
But he said there could be a number of reasons why the fines which could have been issued for a broad range of reasons had been unpaid.
Residents in the Wimmera's seven municipalities owe $6,040,112 in outstanding warrants.
Data supplied by Victorian Sheriff Brendan Facey shows 3757 Wimmera people have unpaid fines.
Between them, they have 13,351 warrants.
Northern Grampians Shire residents account for the bulk of warrants, with 3331 recorded by 870 people.
The 83 defaulters in West Wimmera Shire have the most warrants per person. The Sheriff's Office is chasing 359 warrants in the shire.
Based on those figures, each defaulter in West Wimmera Shire has yet to pay an average of four fines.
From the total value of the shire's warrants $145,096 each defaulter owes an average of $1748.14.
Horsham Rural City has the highest number of defaulters, with 1040 recorded.
Residents in Ararat Rural City owe the state the most money, with $1,634,193 outstanding.
The average value of each fine in Ararat Rural City is $546, the highest in the Wimmera.
Sen Sgt Broadbent said the figures could also reflect an increase in the number of fines being issued by police.
He said police were now able to issue penalty notices for more offences, such as public drunkenness.
Before, a person could expect to spend time in a police cell if they were apprehended for being drunk and disorderly.
Now, the defendant might be issued an on-the-spot fine instead, a penalty closer to what a magistrate might give them if the matter went to court.
"Denying a person of their liberty for four hours might not be the most appropriate punishment for the crime," Sen Sgt Broadbent said.
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