The New Orleans Police Department and the United States Marshals Service, in conjunction with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office and Louisiana State Law Enforcement, conducted their annual “Operation Saints and Sinners” to locate wanted offenders this fall. Out of 131 sex offender compliance checks, this year’s initiative led to 45 arrests across the New Orleans metro area. Of those arrested during the two-month operation, 27 were registered sex offenders who failed to maintain the terms of their sentencing. Each failure to properly report their information is a felony offense.
The team relied heavily on OffenderWatch’s Sex Offender Registry Network to search historical offender records and to compile reports across agencies. Their research assisted the New Orleans Police Department Special Victims Section with multiple ongoing cases.
“I’m not sure what they did before OffenderWatch, but if I had to do all of this manually, I’d go back to the road,” says NOPD’s Detective Reuben Henry. “[OffenderWatch is] vital to what we do every day.”
OffenderWatch’s data saves agencies time and money to work efficiently and effectively. The historical information, including known associates, vehicles, and jobs is invaluable and helps locate offenders quickly. What used to take weeks of research now takes only minutes to compile.
Detective Henry noted that he is looking forward to maximizing’s OffenderWatch’s capabilities in upcoming initiatives with law enforcement agencies across the region to identify and locate non-compliant offenders.
In preparation for Halloween, parents are encouraged to check for the registered sex offenders in their area and sign up for free email alerts. Register here: www.OffenderWatch.com/alerts
OffenderWatch will soon offer a free version of its OffenderWatch Safe Virtual Neighborhood app to help parents who are concerned about sex offenders. Stay tuned for the release of the OffenderWatch app and learn more here: https://offenderwatch.com/safe-virtual-neighborhood/.