A couple of days ago, the Dallas Morning News ran an article detailing how sex offenders in the City of Dallas were being turned away from their yearly registration process because there were too many of them for the number of officers devoted to that task, and the number of hours the office was open during the week. A DPD spokesperson said the Department had 'erred badly' by limiting the number of registrants who could be processed for yearly re-registration to 3 dozen a day. Waiting rooms are packed, and lines stretch outside. Frustrations mount as sex offenders try to comply with their lawful requirements to maintain their registration. The DPD spokesperson said that only a few of the 3100 offenders the Department is tasked with overseeing may not be in compliance with the registration requirements.
3100? In the City of Dallas proper? And that's just the ones they know about? Far more than 3 dozen per day have to be registered?
I called up my local Police Department's on-line sex offender location map ... I have over 50 REGISTERED ones living within a 5 mile radius of my home. In my city, there are too many to count as represented on the map. They are numerous, and they are all over the place.
If your town has such a map on-line, study it. See how many there are, and how close they are to you. See how many of them were labeled because of violations involving a child. Take the time to take a look, and understand what is around you and your kids.