KUSA - There are 160 registered sex offenders living in unincorporated Douglas County. They're tracked constantly by law enforcement. In some cases, that tracking warrants a visit.
Wednesday night, deputies went door-to-door making house calls to check-in on sex offenders.
"Some of them won't be happy about it," Sergeant Jeff Miller said.
For public safety, with help from U.S Marshals, they checked on 71 registered sex offenders within the county. Included in them, offenders convicted of the most serious offenses like unlawful sexual contact and internet luring.
Miller was one of several officers who made multiple stops in Highlands Ranch, though he says he'll find offenders living across all types of communities. His goal is to make sure they're living under the conditions of their release.
"We want to make sure the person we're talking to is the person we're looking for, then we tell them what we're doing," Miller said.
"We needed a way to enhance communication between agencies," said Janell McDonald, administrative specialist with Douglas County sex offender registration.
Thanks to a computer software program that's now possible.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and 57 other agencies have the ability to pin-point where registered offenders live.
"It will come back with a list of offenders that live within the two mile radius of the address you entered," McDonald said.
It's called SOTAR. Cities like Denver and Aurora use it too, and so can anyone at home. If you want to know if sex offenders live nearby, the information is available on your local law enforcement agency's website.
Depending on their conviction, sex offenders must register either quarterly, or once every year. Wednesday, officials found one offender out of compliance.
To access the sex offender registry, contact your local law enforcement agency.
Here are links to a few metro Denver agencies:
Arapahoe County Sheriff's
Douglas County Sheriff's
Jefferson County Sheriff's
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