Thursday, November 1, 2012
Sheriff Alan Norman wants registrants to pay him to waste his time
Here is the cop's info in case you feel the need to blast him for his stupidity and tell him man up and pay his own way:
Address: P. O. Box 1508 Shelby, NC 28151-1508
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Sex offender list growing
By Rebecca Clark
Published: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM.
Two men in uniform stepped onto the front porch and rapped sharply at the door.
"Sheriff's office," the deputy announced.
A man answered the door, and officers spoke with him briefly before moving on to the next house on the list.
Every year, the sheriff's office makes surprise visits to the homes of registered sex offenders to ensure they are in compliance with registration requirements.
Cleveland County has 234 registered sex offenders, with 24 currently in prison, said Sheriff Alan Norman.
Norman said that number has been steadily increasing in recent years.
"W e've increased from 180 four years ago to 234 today," Norman said.
He said state law requires law enforcement to check on the offenders once a year, but the sheriff's office chooses to do the knock-and-talk at least twice.
Norman said deputies planned to drop by unannounced Wednesday, on Halloween, and check on about 60 of the more dangerous registered offenders.
"It's something I feel like we need to do," he said.
Who are officers visiting?
Norman said deputies would be focusing Wednesday on a group of offenders that fell into one of four categories: aggravated offenders, or those who have been convicted of using force and/or the threat of serious violence while committing a sex act with a victim 12 years or younger; recidivists, or repeat offenders; violent sexual predators; or sex offenders who are transient and move from one home to the next, making it difficult for law enforcement to keep up with their whereabouts.
"This is something that I felt like I wanted to do also, to check these four categories," Norman said. "It's sort of two-pronged. We're doing it this afternoon when our young youth will be out knocking on doors asking for candy and also...I thought it would be a good idea to check those categories for the most violent offenders to make sure they're in compliance."
Norman said when doing the checks, he pulls resources from the Community Oriented Policing division, school resource officers, as well as patrol officers. He said administrators would also be staying late Wednesday until each address on the list had been visited.
'A full-time administrative job'
A full-time administrator at the sheriff's office spends about 70 percent of his time working with the sex offenders on the registry.
Norman said every six months, each of the registered offenders who are not incarcerated must check into the sheriff's office. Those who are newly convicted must be registered and go through a series of questions.
"We need a bill introduced where these predators pay local municipalities, local sheriff's office to look after all these sex offender registrations," Norman said. "When you get to these numbers we have in the county, it's a full-time administrative job. We shouldn't have to subsidize out of our budget.
He said he feels the registered offenders should be required to pay for the drain on manpower.
"I'm going to be contacting local legislator Tim Moore to see if these individuals can help subsidize the cost to the sheriff's office," Norman said. " If they paid $242 per year, it would cover the cost of an administrative assistant to cover looking after the sex offender registry."