1-20-06 Sheriff Seeks Funding for the Monitoring of Sex Offenders
RELEASE DATE: January 19th, 2006
The purpose of this release is to inform the media that the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is proposing funding from the Justice Assistance Grant in the amount of $155,000 to double their efforts in monitoring and registering Sex Offenders in Douglas County. Sheriff Tim Dunning states that an additional effort will be made to provide Real Time information to local law enforcement agencies when an address update occurs.
Douglas County currently has 586 registered Sex Offenders. Two hundred thirty five (235) of these Sex Offenders are classified as Level Three/High Risk Offenders. Sheriff Tim Dunning states that an average of two high-risk offenders are violated per week. This means that an arrest warrant is sought for their arrest. There have been 61 new registrations since September 1, 2005 when the Iowa Residency Law went into effect. Of those 61: 28 are from Iowa, 2 from Texas, 2 from Oklahoma, 1 from Montana and 1 from New York.
Sheriff Tim Dunning states that it is imperative that his agency stays on top of this monumental task and the increased funding for his agency will pay the salary of an additional deputy for four years. The funding request will go before the Douglas County Criminal Justice Management Council on Thursday January 26, 2006 and then before the Douglas Board on Tuesday January 31, 2006. Sheriff Dunning plans to seek the support of the County Board to approve this application for funding.
Questions or comments can be made to Sheriff Tim Dunning at 444-3578.