September 16, 2013

Over the weekend the Riley County Police Department participated in a joint effort to continue to maintain accurate information of registered sex offenders in the Manhattan and Riley County area.

The Riley County Police Department, in partnership with the United States Marshals Service - Sex Offender Investigations Branch, conducted a three-day operation dubbed “Operation RED Little Apple” September 12th – 14th.  The operation was a coordinated effort by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure registration compliance of convicted sex offenders throughout Riley County, Kansas.

During the operation more than 100 compliance verifications were conducted on registered sex offenders.  Compliance verifications were completed by officers visiting and/or contacting individual homes and/or places of employment of each registered offender. Four (4) registered offenders were found to be non-compliant and cases are currently being reviewed for violations of local, state, and federal law.

The U.S. Marshals Service Sex Offender Investigations Branch (SOIB) was created following the passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act in July 2006. The Adam Walsh Act names the U.S. Marshals Service as the primary federal agency to assist state and local law enforcement agencies with tracking and arresting non-compliant sex offenders nationwide. The Adam Walsh Act also provides a statute for Deputy U.S. Marshals to prosecute sex offenders federally for failing to register as a sex offender.  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.

The Riley County Police Department would like the thank the United States Probation Office, the Kansas Department of Corrections, the US Marshals Service, and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for their assistance and cooperation.

If you would like to find out more about registered offenders in your area visit the Kansas Bureau of Investigations website (http://www.kbi.ks.gov/registeredoffender/).