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Police Across Michigan Conduct Sex Offender Sweep

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LANSING (WWJ/AP) - Law enforcement agencies across Michigan are conducting their ninth annual statewide sex offender sweep.

The effort, dubbed Operation Verify, runs through Oct. 30.

“This means any registered offender who wants to spare themselves a visit from a trooper should verify their address with law enforcement as soon as possible,” Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police, said in a release.

The Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act requires registered sex offenders to regularly report to their local law enforcement agency, sheriff’s office or nearest state police post to verify their address.

All registered sex offenders must also report a change of name, address, employment, campus enrollment, Internet identifiers and vehicle within three business days of any change. Failure to do so is a four-year felony.

As of Oct. 1, there were 40,155 offenders on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry with 37,261 in compliance with the registry’s requirements.

The department also maintains a list of the Most Wanted Sex Offenders at www.michigan.gov/absconders.

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