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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 10/24/12
Law enforcement begins
sex offender sweep
by CHRIS GRAYDuring the holiday where kids run around town gathering candy, law enforcement will make sure sex offenders aren't pulling any tricks.
Observer Staff Writer
From Oct. 16 to Oct. 31, law enforcement agencies around the state will take part in "Operation Verify" to determine whether individuals have violated the Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act.
Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said this is the ninth annual verification operation for the state. The sweep follows the period between Oct. 1 and Oct. 15 when certain offenders check in.
"A lot of people that are on the registry have victims that live out in the community," he said. "It's important for people in the community to know where these sex offenders are living and are doing what they're supposed to be doing."
Shaw said he would have a report in November on how many locations were checked in the Macomb County area and whether any offenders are still outstanding.
Romeo Police Chief Greg Paduch said his department will participate in the operation once it receives the addresses for the local area. He anticipates the information to arrive this week.
Specifically, he said his officers will be vigilant on Oct. 31 when kids are trick-or-treating to make sure any registered offenders are not participating by encouraging children to their residences.
"If we do see it, we'll send a report and those people will be investigated," he said.
According to the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry, 13 offenders are registered in the 48065 zip code for their primary addresses.
In 48094 and 48095 zip codes, a total of 27 offenders are registered in the area at 24 and 3, respectively.
The 48096 zip code has 4 registered offenders, while the 48005 zip code has three offenders.
As of the beginning of Oct. 1, 40,155 offenders were on the state registry. Of them, nearly 3,000 are not in compliance with the registry requirements.
Michigan's registration act requires offenders to report to local law enforcement agencies to verify their address. Offenders are categorized into three tiers depending on the crime or crimes they committed and must verify during certain times of the year based on their tier.
Tier 1 offenders do this every January, while tier 2 offenders do this in January and July. Tier 3 offenders verify in January, April, July and October.
They must also report whether they change their name, address, employment, enrollment, Internet identifiers and vehicles within three days of the change. Offenders may not live or work in student safety zones.
Failing to verify carries a penalty of up to two years in prison, while failing to note a change is a four-year felony.
The Michigan State Police sex offender registry can be accessed at www.mipsor.state.mi.us.