RENO — Last week from Thursday to Saturday, the U.S. Marshals Service’s Fugitive Task Force partnered with the Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU), Sparks Police Department, Reno Police Department, Washoe County Sherriff’s Office and the Nevada Department of Public Safety on Reno Operation S.O.S. IV (Sex Offender Compliance Sweep). This joint operation, combining the resources of more than 28 officers, resulted in more than 650 sex offender compliance checks and 550 verifications. Eighty-six registered offenders were found to be non-compliant. Compliance verifications involve officers confirming the whereabouts by visiting the individual’s residence and/or place of employment. Investigators will review non-compliant cases for violations of local, state and federal laws.
As the result of the Adam Walsh Protection and Safety Act of 2006, the U.S. Marshals Service is the primary agency responsible for investigating sex offenders, convicted in federal or state court, who have failed to register or update their registration and travel in interstate or foreign commerce.
Last year, the RSONU was responsible for the arrest of 255 state, local and federal fugitives.