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For Immediate Release

Contact:
February 01, 2012 Senior Inspector Cory Thomas
Western District of Arkansas (479) 424-5075
Operation “SAFE GATEWAY”

Fort Smith, AR – Operation SAFE GATEWAY was a joint agency focus to validate the addresses provided by registered sex offenders. SAFE GATEWAY allowed law enforcement to validate information provided by sex offenders during the registration and periodic re-registration requirements under Arkansas State Law. Normally, sex offenders’ addresses are verified only during initial registration and on a case by case basis after that. Experience tells us that often times, registered sex offenders will periodically re-register as required, but will use an address where they are not actually residing anymore.

SAFE GATEWAY lasted two days and began on January 31st, 2012 and targeted 267 registered sex offenders in the Fort Smith and Sebastian County area. Officers were able to locate and verify 233 of those sex offenders in the two day operation. Officers were unable to verify compliance with 34 offenders either because no one was home at the time, or the offender was in non-compliance with their registration and not living at the residence where they were registered. Officers will spend the next several days following up on these unverified offenders and seeking additional charges for individuals who are found to be in non-compliance with their sex offender registry. Officers anticipate additional charges with more arrest to come in the next few weeks as

You can find more information about sex offenders in the City of Fort Smith and Sebastian County by visiting www.fortsmithpd.org and clicking on the “SEX OFFENDERS” tab or by going to www.sebastiancountysheriff.com and clicking on the “SEX OFFENDER DIVISION” tab.

Participating Agencies:

  • Arkansas State Police
  • Arkansas Department of Community Correction
  • Barling Police Department
  • Crawford County Sheriff’s Office
  • Fort Smith Police Department
  • Lavaca Police Department
  • Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office
  • U. S. Marshals Service

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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