By CHUCK MARTIN
News Staff Reporter
MOUNT VERNON — About 20 law enforcement officers spread out across Knox County this morning, checking on the accuracy of information registered sex offenders have filed with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. “Operation Safe Summer” is expected to continue into Wednesday at least.
Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer said there are about 78 registered sex offenders who will be checked for registration compliance.
Joining deputies on the sweep operation were Mount Vernon police officers, a representative of the Ohio Attorney General’s office and the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Knox County Common Pleas Court (Adult Court Services), Mount Vernon Municipal Court Probation, the Knox County Prosecutor’s office and the Mount Vernon Law Director’s Office.
Shaffer explained that the officers, working in teams of four, would be checking the registered addresses for all sex offenders. Officers would not be out to harass the offenders and would not be going to places of employment.
“We want the public to know we are checking on these offenders and we want the offenders to know they need to be truthful in registering where they live,” he said.
Shaffer also said citizens are encouraged to contact the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to provide information on an address or location of a registered sex offender if they believe he or she is not in compliance. Residents can check on whether registered sex offenders are living in their neighborhood by visiting the sheriff’s office website at www.knoxcountysheriff.com or the Ohio Attorney General’s Office website at www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov.
Shaffer said deputies would also be carrying some active arrest warrants from Common Pleas and Municipal Court and would execute those warrants as the opportunity arose.