Thursday, April 12, 2012
The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office Offender Registration Unit, on Wednesday, April 11, conducted a verification sweep of at the homes of 383 registered offenders in the Wichita area. 9 sheriff’s deputies, 12 WPD officers, 3 state parole officers, and 5 Immigration Customs Enforcement agents were involved in the verification sweep. Deputies and officers went to locations offenders had given as their home address to verify they lived there.
During the sweep, deputies and officers found 51 offenders had moved and not reported their new address, or had never lived at the given address, or had given an address that did not exist.
Offenders who fail to register or give false or misleading information ma be charged through District Court with felony non-compliance of offender registration laws.
As of July 1, 2011, registered offenders in Kansas are required under state statute to register with their local sheriff’s office every 3 months. Among other information, offenders are required to provide their home address, place of employment, and information on vehicles they drive.
This information is entered into the Offenderwatch Program, accessible to the public through the sheriff’s office website. Citizens may search for the presence of registered offenders in proximity to any address in Sedgwick County through the Offenderwatch Program. Site visitors may also sign up for email alerts that notify them should a registered offender move within their neighborhood.
The Sheriff’s Office Offender Registration Unit is charged with registering and tracking about 2,200 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.