The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department on Monday announced results of what it called the largest sweep ever conducted in the county to check reporting compliance of convicted sex offenders.
During a week-long period, law enforcement officers arrested 87 offenders and issued 224 citations for non-compliance in checks made of more than 2,100 homes and businesses, the department reported.
The U.S. Marshals Service assisted the sheriff’s department and 17 other federal, state and local agencies in the sweep, called Operation Safe Spring. A citation was issued to any offender who had not updated required paperwork within three days of a change in residency or who otherwise was found to be non-compliant.
Those with multiple violations were taken into custody.
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Arrests were made as well for convicted felons’ possession of firearms or narcotics, the sheriff’s department said.
“For those convicted sex offenders in Jackson County who choose not to obey the laws,” said Sheriff Mike Sharp, “we have zero tolerance.”