Prine Lauds Operation Watchful Eye

| November 6, 2015

Lowndes County Sheriff

VALDOSTA — Halloween is a scary time for many young people, but worrying about sex offenders shouldn’t be one of their concerns.

Prine“The Sheriff’s Office takes the tracking of sex offenders very seriously,” says Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine.

The Office of Sheriff is mandated by Georgia law to register sex offenders, and to keep the public informed of where registered sex offenders reside, work and attend school. Throughout the year the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office verifies addresses provided by registered sex offenders.  While conducting residence verifications, deputies also check for compliance with additional registration requirements which may result in arrests.

Last week, in conjunction with Operation Watchful Eye, a statewide initiative conducted during the week of Halloween, deputies and officers with the Georgia Department of Community Supervision conducted additional verifications.

In Lowndes County there are 268 registered sex offenders. A total of 403 verifications were performed during the week long effort. The number of verifications exceeds the number of registrants due to most persons being verified a second time to assure they were not participating in Trick or Treating activities on Saturday evening.

In Lowndes County, 7 registrants where found to not be living at their registered address. Arrest warrants will be sought for those persons. On Halloween evening, 3 persons were arrested after they were found participating in Trick or Treating.

“In addition to our monthly verifications, we intend to make this a re-occurring event around Halloween each year. We have to assure the safety of our children” said Sheriff Prine.

Visit the Sheriff’s Office website at www.lowndessheriff.com or visit Georgia Bureau of Investigation website at http://gbi.georgia.gov/georgia-sex-offender-registry for additional information on the whereabouts of registered sex offenders in our community.

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