Thursday, April 28, 2016

On April 23rd Virginia State Police & US Marshal’s Conducted Operation “Check and Balance” in Tidewater Area for Registered Sex Offenders Who are NOT Wanted, NOT Absconded and NOT Considered Non-Compliant

The Virginia State Police (VSP) who is the official monitor and manager of Virginia Registered Sex Offenders (RSO) who are NOT incarcerated and who are not under VA-DOC supervision are required by Virginia law to show up at every RSO’s residence two times per year. If an RSO changes their address, then the VSP goes out to confirm that change. If an RSO changes their employer information, then the VSP goes out to confirm that change. The total number of in-person checks done every year is noted in the VSP’s annual Sex Offender Monitoring Report . 

The VA-DOC is supposedly responsible for the residential and employment checks of RSO's under VA-DOC supervision but the VSP has been known to do residential checks too. 

Any RSO who is Non-Compliant, Wanted or Missing/Absconded deserves US Marshal involvement, but RSO's who are simply under VSP and VA-DOC supervision, do NOT! 

For US Marshal’s to jump in and do spot checks on compliant RSO's is a waste of Federal resources and every time they do these "sweeps" they send out a media report to hype up the fact that RSO's are in our communities and we should fear them all. 

Has anyone seen one of these "sweeps"? Multiple vehicles pull up at an RSO's address/place of work and US Marshal's in flak-jackets with weapons on their hips along with VSP folks swarm. It appears like a crime is in process and it attracts the attention of everyone in the area. Not only is the RSO a spectacle in this but their spouse, parents, room-mates and children are too. These sweeps have occurred during family reunions, picnics, birthday parties and holidays (Halloween). This intimating and unnecessary display of force by Federal and State authorities for Virginians who are NOT wanted or absconded keeps these citizens from ever being able to successfully become contributing members of society because their neighbors, family, co-workers and employers see such an operation and add more distance because they are embarrassed and their fear has been re-elevated, for no justified reason.