Superior Police Make Home Visits to Sex Offenders

By KBJR News 1

November 3, 2010 Updated Nov 3, 2010 at 10:42 PM CST

Superior, WI (The Northland's NewsCenter) -- Superior Police Officers will soon be making regular home visits to every one of the City's registered sex offenders.

Currently, 74 sex offenders live in Superior, according to Superior's Police Captain Matt Markon.

The veteran patrol officer also says he plans to assign officers to track every one of them, and the purpose is to verify their correct registration with the State of Wisconsin.

"We already know that there are sexual offenders of different levels living in our community," Markon said.

But what Superior Police don't know is where at least four of those sex offenders are. The missing men haven't registered with the state, and presumably have warrants out for their arrest.

However, Markon's new "Sex Offender Accountability Program" is designed to track every sex offender in Superior -- registered or not -- and will start immediately. The increased enforcement also won't cost taxpayers a dime, and uses existing police officers.

"The officers will get a file with the person's name who is on the registry," Markon explains.

"They'll make a home visit and take just a few minutes to verify the information that they've supplied to the state is the correct information."

Police say they expect to send a clear message to sex offenders that more officers are watching them, while also fighting a shrinking state budget that perhaps leaves fewer resources for state officials who normally monitor the offenders.

"These days, governments are working with less," Markon adds.

Written for the web by Matt Standal
mstandal@northlandsnewscenter.com