Public Information Release
(October 30, 2017) Today, the Collin County Sheriff’s Office announced that last night Collin County Sheriff’s deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety investigators conducted a Registered Sex Offender verification check on 80 sex offenders in order to confirm their registration status and verify their whereabouts in person. This effort was intentionally scheduled for the day preceding Halloween.
During this operation, deputies and DPS investigators confirmed registered sex offender’s addresses, any vehicle they may be driving, and their place of employment. While under State law it’s the sex offender’s responsibility to register and update this information, it is now the policy of Collin Sheriff Jim Skinner to independently conduct in-person no-notice inspections of this type throughout the year. Sheriff Skinner said, “We take very seriously our commitment to do all that we can to protect our children. Going forward, our patrol deputies will now randomly make these unannounced visits on a regular basis with registered sex offenders who live in Collin County.”
The Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 62.051 reads, “REGISTRATION: GENERAL. (a) A person who has a reportable conviction or adjudication or who is required to register as a condition of parole, release to mandatory supervision, or community supervision shall register or, if the person is a person for whom registration is completed under this chapter, verify registration as provided by Subsection (f), with the local law enforcement authority in any municipality where the person resides or intends to reside for more than seven days. If the person does not reside or intend to reside in a municipality, the person shall register or verify registration in any county where the person resides or intends to reside for more than seven days.
Skinner added, “We are very grateful for the assistance and support of the Texas Department of Public Safety. They can always be relied on to help us work to make our communities safer places to live.”