The Delta Police Department will hold a community meeting Thursday, June 27, to discuss the release of a sexually violent predator into the community. The meeting will be held at Bill Heddles Recreation Center at 7 p.m.
The individual subject of the notification has been convicted of a sex offense that requires law enforcement registration. Further, they have been determined to present a high potential to re-offend and are therefore subject to community notification regarding their residence in this community. The identity of the offender and his/her place of residence will be disclosed at the community meeting.
The meeting is required by state statute. Educational information regarding sexual offending will be presented by a team of professionals involved in the management of sex offenders in our community. The goal of the meeting is to enhance public safety and protection.
Vigilantism, or use of the information provided at the meeting, to harass, threaten or intimidate the offender is criminal behavior and will not be tolerated.
The DPD has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may live. Unless court restrictions exist, they are constitutionally free to live wherever they choose. Sex offenders have always lived in our communities, but they were not required to notify law enforcement of their residence until registration laws were implemented pursuant to the Jacob Wetterling Act in 1994. Law enforcement may now share that information with members of their communities, and in the case of sexually violent predators, law enforcement must actively notify citizens.
Due to the mature content of the information that will be presented, it is not advisable to bring children to the meeting. It is strongly encouraged that the appropriate SVP information and public safety information presented be reviewed with children after the meeting. Children under 15 unaccompanied by an adult will not be permitted to attend the meeting.
Anyone who is unable to attend the meeting may call the Delta Police Department at 874-7676 after Thursday to arrange to pick up complete information.blog comments powered by Disqus