POLK COUNTY, Fla. – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit, Crime Suppression Teams, and the Florida Department of Corrections and Probation conducted a Halloween sexual offender-predator compliance initiative during the month of October.
The operation was aimed at ensuring compliance with Florida’s registration laws for convicted sex offenders and sex predators within Polk County.
Detectives charged 14 suspects with failure to comply with sex offender registration laws, violation of probation, or other charges.
“Protecting our children is a top priority, and our detectives work hard year-round to keep track of convicted sexual offenders and predators who reside in Polk County to ensure they remain compliant with the law. Parents and community members are concerned about predators and offenders being around children, especially during events and holidays like Halloween. That is why every year we conduct initiatives like this one to show sex offenders and predators that we take every one of the requirements seriously, and failure to comply will result in an arrest,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
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There are 1,238 Sexual Offenders and 147 sexual predators registered in Polk County. These offenders and predators are checked every quarter by Polk detectives to ensure they are in compliance with Florida’s sexual offender/predator registration laws.
The state requirement is for a check to be completed at least once a year. During the initiative Polk County Sheriff’s Office SVRT detectives accomplished the following:
- Compliance checks conducted: 990
- Compliance checks – in compliance: 951
- Compliance checks – not in compliance: 39
- Hours dedicated to this operation: 176
- Arrests: 13
- Warrants issued: 1