Law enforcement throughout Sebastian and Crawford counties last week conducted an operation to ensure all 466 sex offenders in the two counties were in compliance with their registries.
Running Tuesday through Thursday, the Operation Safe Break netted four arrests of sex offenders in noncompliance with their registrations. Law enforcement also will seek warrants for 10 more offenders who were not arrested during the operation but who appeared to be noncompliant, according to a news release from U.S. Marshals Service senior inspector Cory Thomas.
Law-enforcement agencies in the two counties conducted the operation to ensure that children out of school for spring break are as safe as possible, the release states.
If a sex offender moves across town or to another city, he or she is required to notify local authorities of the change of address. However, it is the duty of local law enforcement to verify where the sex offender lives, according to the release.
A number of resources are available online to know if a sex offender lives or has moved into a neighborhood. On the Fort Smith Police Department website, go to www.fortsmithpd.org, highlight the Public Awareness tab and click on Sex Offender Search.
On the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office website, go to www.sebastiancountysheriff.com, and click on the Sex Offenders tab at the top of the page.
A city map of registered sex offenders on the Van Buren Police Department’s home page, www.vanburenpd.org, or you can text VANBURENPD to 888777 to receive alerts via text message.
On the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department website, go to www.crawfordcountysheriff.org, and click on the Sex Offenders tab at the top.
The U.S. Marshals Service, Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Smith Police Department, Barling Police Department, Arkansas Department of Community Correction, U.S. Probation Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Arkansas State Police, Alma Police Department, Greenwood Police Department, Van Buren Police Department and Crawford County Sheriff’s Department participated in the operation.