Search for sex offenders near your home, sheriff says By: Jul 07, WNCN - The Wake County sheriff wants people to be proactive in knowing about registered sex offenders in their neighborhood, but deputies will also make more home visits.
Sheriff Donnie Harrison said of the county's registered sex offenders were behind bars on Friday. The nearly others receive two to four home visits every year to make sure they are in compliance with their registration. They also are required by state law to come in to their local sheriff's office every six months.
Offenders confirm their addresses and have pictures taken to document any changes in their appearance. The sheriff plans to increase home visits to at least six per year, and possibly more.
He said repeat offenders and those with aggravated cases face compliance checks every 90 days. I hear a lot of times that there are people that stay gone for months, don't report to us, don't report to other sheriffs, and I want to make sure that we're on top of it," Harrison said.
Then we can follow up on where he's going, so spot checking like that. If they're leaving without notice , sooner or later the word's going to get around. Hey, you better follow the rules because the sheriff's going to check on you.
The unit added Sergeant Marie Welch as a supervisor in January, and she said keeping track of sex offenders is a full-time job. The sheriff said deputies found about compliance violations in the last 12 to 18 months. But still, that's that's a concern that I have.
That's the reason I say I want to up it to at least six times a year," Harrison said. That's my job to know where they are, and to let them know that we are going to check on them. The registry can be searched by address or name. Offenders who are behind bars often have the jail's address listed as a way to help investigators keep tabs on locations.
The sheriff said people sometimes contact his office with concerns that a known offender in their neighborhood hasn't been seen for a few days or longer. Sergeant Welch said she compares the jail list against the sex offender list at least once a month. She is able to submit addresses to a server which immediately updates the online registry.