(La Porte County, IN) - With Halloween coming up and lots of kiddos being out and about, area police agencies are making a sweep of local sex offenders.
Dubbed Operation Scare and Beware, officers from seven different agencies hit the streets Thursday to check up on Sexual Violent Predators and Offenders Against Children. According to La Porte County’s Sheriff’s Office, there are 104 of them registered in the area.
The sweep on Thursday found two of them to be non-compliant with their registration requirements. Investigations into their whereabouts have been launched, and arrest warrants are being sought.
Police conduct this operation every year before Halloween. According to La Porte County Sheriff John Boyd, "it is crucial that our citizens visit our website to learn who the registered sex offenders are in our community and where they live.” At the website, Boyd says, "information about specific offenders can be obtained by entering the offender’s name or searching for potential offenders within a specified radius of any address of interest. Address radiuses of 1/4 , 1/2 , 1, 2 or 5 miles can be checked for potential offenders."
The Sheriff's Office says the online registry has been used over 200,000 times over the past six years.