From the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office:
In conjunction with our participation in Operation Watchful Eye III, here are the local statistics for Bartow County Sheriff’s Office:
During September 2018, the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office participated in Operation Watchful Eye III, which is the state wide residence check of all registered sex offenders in the State of Georgia. Our county-wide operation was conducted on Sept. 14-19 and Sept. 21 this year. Our goal was to verify the compliance of the residence requirement for each of the 216 sex offenders living in Bartow County during that time frame. We were successful in validating 214 of the 216 offenders.
Two arrest warrants were issued for the two that were not verified with a residence (Violation of Sex Offender Registry). Assisting the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Registration Unit was the Court Services Division, Patrol Division and the Cherokee Judicial Circuit Department of Community Supervision.
The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Registration Unit consists of two sworn deputies who work to ensure compliance with all sex offender laws in Georgia for those who reside in Bartow County. For more information or to contact the unit: Deputy Beverly Parker 770-382-5050 extension 6002 email@example.com; or Deputy Travis Haney at 770-382-5050 extension 6014 firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Georgia Sheriffs Association:
Thanks to an initiative involving Georgia’s sheriffs, 38 sex offenders were arrested across the state from Sept. 13-21, 2018 for violations of state registration laws. In 2015, the first coordinated effort across the state was launched to conduct residence verifications and compliance checks of registered sex offenders during a specific time period. The coordinated initiativebecame known as Operation Watchful Eye. Due to the overwhelming success of the original initiative, Georgia’s sheriffs have made this an annual operation and recently conducted Operation Watchful Eye III.
Preliminary reporting by 65 sheriff’s offices reveals a total of10,601 registered sex offenders, 214 predators and 301 homeless sex offenders are currently living in their counties. During the eight-day operation, 6,200 residence verifications were conducted, 35 new warrants were issued for violations of the sex offender registry law, 82 new sex offenders moved into the reporting counties, 13 warrants were issued for new sex offenses, 69 warrants issued for residency violations of the sex offender registry, and 46 warrants issued for other miscellaneous new charges. More importantly, it was discovered that 384 sex offenders had absconded from their last known address which will require the sheriff to work with other supporting agencies and track these individuals down.