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For Immediate Release

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June 10, 2013 Supervisory Deputy Robert M. Alexander
District of Nevada, Reno Office (775) 686-5790
3 Day Operation Results in 640 Residential Checks of Washoe County Registered Sex Offenders

Reno, NV – While many students began their summer vacations, the United States Marshals Service led Fugitive Task Force partnered with the Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU) over the past Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (June 6-8) on Operation S.O.S. V (Sex Offender Compliance Sweep). The 3 day operation, combining the resources of 20 law enforcement officers and support staff, resulted in more than 640 sex offender compliance checks and 455 verifications. 44 registered offenders were found to be non-compliant. “Operation S.O.S. V,” was a coordinated effort by local, state and federal law enforcement to ensure registration compliance of convicted sex offenders. Compliance verifications were completed by officers visiting individual homes and/or places of employment. Investigators will review non-compliant cases for violations of local, state, and federal laws.

This is the 5th Operation S.O.S in Washoe County within the past 3 years. The U.S. Marshals Service Sex Offender Investigations Branch provided funding in order to reimburse the local agencies for overtime expenses. "This is an excellent example of federal, state, and local agencies working together to ensure the safety of our citizens in Northern Nevada," said USMS Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert Alexander. "This extraordinary effort was possible due to our partnership with local law enforcement and the dedication of all involved."

The Reno U.S. Marshals Service led task force is a partnership comprised of law enforcement investigators from the United States Marshals Service, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Department of Public Safety (Probation & Parole), and Sparks Police Department. The Task Force combines the resources and expertise of local, state, and federal law enforcement in a coordinated effort to arrest dangerous fugitives and pursue sexual offenders wherever they are located.

As the result of the Adam Walsh Protection and Safety Act of 2006, the United States Marshals Service is the primary federal 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.

The mission of the U.S. Marshals Service Sex Offender Investigations Branch is to protect the public from sex offenders through the coordinated enforcement of sex offender registration laws. Since the program’s inception in 2006, the Marshals have arrested 66,590 fugitive sex offenders, closed 85,533 sex offender warrants, initiated 16,335 Adam Walsh investigations, and issued 3,215 Adam Walsh violation arrest warrants – closing 2,720 by arrest.

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

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