Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s office offender registration unit conducts a sweep to verify the validity of sex offender registration information. On Tuesday, February 16th the sheriff’s office offender registration unit conducted a verification sweep at the homes of 225 sex offenders in the Wichita area. Ten sheriff’s deputies and ten Wichita police department officers were involved in the verification sweep. Deputies and officers went to locations registered sex offenders have given as their home address to verify they lived there.
During the sweep deputies and officers found 31 sex offenders had moved and not reported their new address, or never lived at the given address, or had given an address that did not exist. Offenders that fail to register or give false or misleading information may be charged through district court with felony non-compliance of offender registration. Convicted sex offenders in Kansas are required under state statute to register with their local sheriff’s office every four months. Among other required information, offenders must provide their home address, employment, a new photograph and information on vehicles they drive.
This information is entered into the offender watch program accessible to the public through the sheriff’s office website. Citizens may search for the presence of offenders in proximity to any address in Sedgwick County through the offender watch program. Site visitors may also sign up for email alerts that notify them should an offender move within their neighborhood. Citizens may access the offender registry on the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s website at www.sedgwickcounty.org/sheriff. Go to “on-line searches, Sedgwick County Sheriff Offender Watch.”
The sheriff’s office offender registration unit, located at 3803 East Harry Street, Suite 119, is charged with registering and tracking 1657 registered offenders in Sedgwick County. Convicted felons required to register in Kansas include sex offenders, violent criminals and specific drug law violators. Additional sweeps for registered offenders are planned.