The Bullhead City Police Department recently sent flyers to residents who live close to where the following sex offenders reside. “Megan’s Law” requires law enforcement authorities to make information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders. Under this Federal Law, the Bullhead City Police Department and other law enforcement agencies are required to notify community members when a level 2 and level 3 sex offender moves into their neighborhood.
“Megan’s Law” was named after 7-year-old Megan Kanka who was brutally raped and murdered by a sex offender who lived in her neighborhood. Megan’s parents demanded legislative action and believed that every parent should have the right to know if a sexual predator moves into their neighborhood. A risk assessment determines what level sex offender they are based on a series of questions and point values. There are 4 different levels of sex offenders: Level 0 is “registration-only” sex offenders. These are offenders who were convicted before June 30, 1996 (before “Megan’s Law”). Level 1 offenders are also not community notifiable by State Statute. Level 2 and level 3 sex offenders are community notifiable. Level 3 is the highest level and are sex offenders who are considered most likely to reoffend.
Sex offender notifications are not intended to increase fear; instead the Bullhead City Police Department believes that an informed community is a safer community. The Police Department will not tolerate people who use the information to threaten, intimidate or harass offenders.
Concerned residents can log onto free websites to search for sex offenders (level 2 & 3) by zip code, address or by name at OffenderWatch by going to www.bullheadcity.com. Click on Departments, Police, and then Community Information. Citizens may enter any address of interest to them, and see a map and listing of offenders within their preferred radius of that address. Then, they may confidentially register the address to be continuously monitored by the agency, which will send to them an email alerting them if an offender or predator should move near their registered address. Usually, citizens will register their homes, work addresses, parks, playgrounds, bus stops or other addresses of interest to them. Citizens may also confidentially register to be notified if a specific offender, who they wish to track, moves from their present address. Citizens may register as many addresses as they like, at no cost.