Many of you may have questions regarding registered sex offenders in your neighborhood. Does a registered sex offender live near me? Near my child's school or daycare? How can I find out more about registered sex offenders? Is there a way for me to check? The Special Victims Unit at the Concord Police Department is the investigative unit in charge of monitoring and registering the approximately 185 registered sex offenders residing in the City of Concord. The unit is currently composed of five Detectives who, in addition to their other investigative duties, all share an equal division of all sex registrants who reside in our city.
First of all, some background information for you might be helpful in understanding the law regarding sex offenders. California Penal Code 290(a)(2)(A-E) requires persons convicted of specified sex and arson offenses to register with the local law enforcement agency in the county or city in which they reside. Registration documents are submitted to the Sex Offender Tracking Program (SOTP) at the California Department of Justice electronically via the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS), the Violent Crime Information Network (VCIN) workstation, or by mail.
The SOTP assists the law enforcement community with VCIN transactions. Detectives use this information to conduct investigations on sex crimes, and sex offenders residing in their jurisdiction, and to assist in prosecuting sex offenders in violation of Penal Code section 290. California Penal section 290.46, allows all registration information on sex offenders to be available to the public. The SOTP is responsible for the development and integrity of the Megan's Law Web Application and the operation of the "900" telephone number (California Sex Offender Information).
Sex offenders in California have been required to register with their local law enforcement agencies since 1947. However, it was not until 1995 that information was made available to the general public. In 1994, California passed a law establishing a "900" line telephone service within the California Department of Justice to field public inquiries regarding the identity of California's convicted child molesters. The "900" line telephone service is still in operation (1-900-448-3000) and the public can call in for specific searches regarding your concerns (for a fee).
Check for Registered Sexual Offenders in Your Area
To check for registered sex offenders in your neighborhood, please visit the Megan's Law Web site maintained by the State of California Attorney General's office. If you have additional questions, please contact the Special Victims Unit at (925) 671-3020 between the hours of 7 am to 5:30 pm.