Predatory Offender Registration Program

 

The Owatonna Police Department recognizes that predatory offenders pose a significant risk to a community.  Keeping the public safe is our priority and it is our belief that a collaborative approach, including taking precautionary measures and encouraging community reporting practices, will ensure that predatory offender registration continues to be largely successful.  It has been well documented that roughly 80% of predatory offenders are known by their victims; therefore, it is imperative that law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and human services work together in keeping our community informed and educated.  Registering as a predatory offender is a collateral consequence of criminal behavior and it acts as one of the many deterrent factors as to whether someone will re-offend.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) maintains a registry of predatory offenders residing within the state.  Those registered have been convicted of a violent felony or sexually related crime and classified in the registry based on their likelihood to re-offend.  A risk assessment is conducted on each person registered prior to release from confinement.  An offender’s risk assessment dictates the level of community notification that is required of law enforcement.

In 2013, the Owatonna Police Department monitored and tracked 75 individuals living in our community who are registered as predatory offenders.  This included semi-annual unannounced visits to their residences as well as voluntary compliance checks by the offenders.  The Patrol Division and Detective Bureau work together to ensure that predatory offenders are in statutory compliance with their registration requirements.  Any offenders who, through investigation, are found to be non-compliant at any time are aggressively prosecuted with the assistance of the Steele County Attorney’s Office.