Last week, the week of August 11-15, 2014, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Squaxin Island Department of Public Safety, Skokomish Department of Public Safety, the WA State Department of Corrections Shelton Field Office, and the Western WA US Marshal Fugitive Apprehension Task Force conducted operation “Knock & Talk”.
Nineteen personnel from the above agencies divided up into four teams and contacted registered sex offenders within Mason County in order to verify that they were complying with WA State law. A Sheriff’s Clerk also participated to help with the administrative side of the operation.
234 address verifications/or attempts were made, another 9 transient/homeless sex offenders were verified, 3 were arrested that had outstanding warrants for their arrests and 12 investigations for failure to register were started. As of today, that number is dropping as sex offenders are being verified that went on vacation, registered in other jurisdictions, and other reasons as to not being at their registered addresses.
During the operation, 20 different locations were also investigated in the attempt to apprehend fugitives living in Mason County that have outstanding warrants.
Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury stated that partnering with the US Marshal Service as well as our local Law Enforcement partners, provides a high level of safety and security to the citizens of Mason County. Coordinating sex and/or kidnapping offenders in Mason County is a very important part of our responsibilities that we take very seriously!
For questions regarding the Mason County Sheriff’s Office Sex and/or Kidnapping Registration Program, please visit the MCSO website at: http://so.co.mason.wa.us/ and click on “Sex Offenders”.