TYLER, TX (KLTV) - East Texas law enforcement spent Thursday morning keeping local sex offenders in check.
Tyler Police, with the help of federal and Smith County authorities, paid registered offenders to confirm their reported addresses.
It was a surprise visit that comes twice a year. Law enforcement bands together for the city-wide effort of keeping an eye on those who have forfeited the right to privacy as sex offenders.
The mission began before the sun rose as officers were broken into teams and assigned packets with an offender checklist.
Three person teams made their way throughout Tyler making contact with the 117 offenders who call Tyler home and leaving a note to those who did not answer. A yellow door hanger spread the message: contact police within seven days or expect criminal charges.
"It's important for us as parents and as officers to make sure that we can know the offenders are registered in compliance that they're living where they're supposed to live," said Chief Deputy Dan Phillips, U.S. Marshal's Office.
"It's real important right now because school is just around the corner and it's going to be starting up in three weeks so that's another reason we're doing it this time of year," said Officer Don Martin, with Tyler Police.
Law enforcement worked through early afternoon resulting in positive numbers for the offender sweep.
Tyler Police report contact was made with 81 offenders at their listed addresses. Officers left notes with 24 to report within a week. Authorities are now investigating the location of 12 offenders who may have fled the area. If they are caught those offenders could soon be facing felony charges.
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