In 2006, the federal government enacted the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. In 2007, the Nevada legislature followed suit passing AB579, that would transition convicted sex offender registration from the framework of Megan’s Law to the Adam Walsh guidelines. Since 2007, Nevada has been battling the ACLU in both federal and state courts. On April 27th, the Nevada Supreme Court issued an order denying the petition that now clears the way for AB579 implementation.
As of May 2nd, there are 209 registered sex offenders living in Lyon County; however, the DPS sex offender website is only reporting 84. That is because under the old laws, only Tier II & III offenders were on the public notification website. An additional 125 Lyon County Tier I & 0 offenders will be added to public notification once the state updates their website. The county breakdown is Dayton 52 (0/22/11/19); Fernley 69 (0/20/22/27); Stagecoach 13 (0/4/5/4); Silver Springs 46 (3/13/18/8); and Yerington & Smith Valley 29 (1/17/8/3). Within each bracket is the number of registered Tier III, II, I, & 0 respectively.
The new law will reclassify many of the offenders into higher tier classifications, with Tier III being the highest. Classification rankings are tied to closer monitoring for greater likelihood of re-offending. The new law increases verification periods from annual to every 90 days for Tier III and every six months for Tier II. This will impact our administrative clerks, but it is too early to tell what that impact will be.
The law may also impact our school district by having to change school bus stop locations for the next school year. Bus stop locations are reviewed against current registered sex offender home locations. Nonetheless, sex offender public notification information cannot be used to harass or intimidate, nor should it be used as a form of social media vigilantism. The information is available to bring awareness. And remember, the LCSO maintains a very aggressive sex offender compliance checkprogram through our detectives.
This week, there was a three-hour standoff involving a barricaded subject. The incident began with a behavioral health subject and quickly evolved into a domestic crime involving the discharge of a gun. Our specialized teams, the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) were called out. Our men and women serving the LCSO did a phenomenal job in talking out the subject without anyone getting hurt. I am proud of the restraint they displayed for a peaceful solution.
Nevada’s annual law enforcement ceremony occurred at the capitol on Thursday, May 3. Our LCSO Honor Guard represented us well with many of our off-duty dispatchers and deputies being a part of the program. And finally, it this day that we always remember, Deputy George Rice, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch June 1, 1984. George was killed trying to negotiate with a mentally ill person armed with a gun. SERT was created by the LCSO after George’s death.
As always, keep the faith!