Media Release 10-22-14
The Macomb Police Department announces success of recent Sex Offender Address checks.
For the past two weeks, Officers from the Macomb Police Department have conducted physical address checks of all local sex offenders. The un-announced address checks are part of our ongoing efforts to make sure offenders are living where they are registered. The checks entail officers visiting offenders at their registered homes to make sure they are living at that residence. We are pleased to announce all offenders are in compliance with the parameters of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. This success is attributed to the offender’s willingness to remain compliant as well as the department’s enforcement of registration violations.
Because Halloween is approaching, this is the perfect time to remind citizens about sex offenders and trick or treating. Under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (720 ILCS 5/11-9.3) paragraph (c-2), “it is unlawful for a child sex offender to participate in a holiday event involving children under 18 years of age, including but not limited to, distributing candy or other items to children on Halloween…” Essentially, this means sex offenders cannot hand out candy during Halloween nor can they dress up and go trick or treating. Macomb Police officers will be watching offender addresses during trick or treat times to make sure the offenders are compliant.
For more information, feel free to check out http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/ and read about offenders, laws, and other information.