MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: JULY 19, 2021
AGENCY: SEDGWICK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
LOCATION: WICHITA/SEDGWICK COUNTY, KANSAS
TELEPHONE: (316) 660-3900
CONTACT: SHERIFF JEFF EASTER
The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office recently assisted the United States Marshals Service with Operation Patriot. Operation Patriot is a multi-agency sex offender compliance operation that conducts sex offender compliance and address verification checks throughout Sedgwick County.
On July 14, 2021, several teams comprised of deputies, officers and agents of the United States Marshals Service, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Kansas Bureau of Investigations, Wichita Police Department and Kansas Department of Corrections, conducted 283 compliance checks on registered sex offenders in Sedgwick County. Five offenders were found to be non-compliant, five were found to be incarcerated, and six were arrested on offenses unrelated to the offender registration act.
The USMS Sex Offender Investigations Branch (SOIB) was created following the passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (AWA), which became law on July 27, 2006. The SOIB carries out the USMS’s three principal responsibilities under the AWA: assist state, local, tribal and territorial authorities in the location and
apprehension of non-compliant and fugitive sex offenders; investigate violations of the act for federal prosecution; and assist in the identification and location of sex offenders relocated as a result of a major disaster. To ensure the safety of communities and children across the country, the USMS has implemented an aggressive enforcement strategy for its responsibilities under the AWA.