SUBMITTED NEWS — As summer vacations begins U.S. Marshals and local law enforcement teamed up in order to verify registration of more than 500 of Northern Nevada’s sex offenders. The United States Marshals Service led Fugitive Taskforce partnered with the Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU) over the past Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (June 12-14) for the 6th Operation S.O.S. (Sex Offender Compliance Sweep).
The 3 day operation, combining the resources of 20 law enforcement officers and support staff, resulted in more than 500 sex offender registration compliance checks. This was a coordinated effort by local, state and federal law enforcement to ensure registration compliance of convicted sex offenders. Compliance verifications were completed by officers visiting individual homes and/or places of employment. Investigators review non-compliant cases for possible violations of local, state, and federal laws.
The RSONU operates as a regional, multi-jurisdictional, and collaborative entity to carry out requirements of community notifications as set forth in Chapter 179D of the Nevada Revised Statutes. The unit is responsible for the tracking, monitoring, investigation, public notification, and the arrest and prosecution of non-compliant sex offenders. The unit is comprised of a Sergeant and Detective from the Sparks Police Department, and a Detective from both the Reno Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.
The Northern Nevada U.S. Marshals Service led Fugitive Taskforce is a partnership comprised of law enforcement investigators from the United States Marshals Service, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Department of Public Safety (Probation & Parole), Sparks Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms (ATF). The Taskforce combines the resources and expertise of local, state, and federal law enforcement in a coordinated effort to arrest dangerous fugitives and pursue sexual offenders wherever they are located.
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