HAZARD — Late last month, Hazard Police Department (HPD) conducted a Federal Sex Offender Compliance Check Operation that resulted in the arrest of two of the offenders.
The United States Marshals Service requested HPD to conduct the operation to check the compliance of sex offenders in the Perry, Knott, and Letcher Counties.
HPD conducted the operation from Nov. 29-30. The primary goal of the operation was to verify addresses of those on the Federal sex offender registry.
During the compliance, HPD officers attempted to verify that each sex offender was living at the correct and registered address. Sex offenders are required by law to register their addresses.
HPD says approximately 112 compliance checks were conducted in the three counties.
The operation resulted in the arrest of two offenders, HPD was able to identify two other offenders as deceased. Three more offenders were in jail on various charges.
Seven other offenders are being investigated for possible non-compliance, HPD says.
A total of 3,606 compliance checks has been conducted by local law enforcement agencies and the US Marshals Service throughout eastern Kentucky since 2010.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.