Registered Sex Offenders (RSO)
There are over 1300 registered sex offenders in Spokane County!
Sex Offenders are usually adult male, but can be anyone
They live everywhere
They are employed in any type of job
Together, it is our responsibility to protect our children and other vulnerable people, whether on your block or in your surrounding neighborhood, city or county. Legislation has provided us the information on where registered sex offenders live. It is our responsibility as citizens of our community to keep ourselves informed of their whereabouts. Registered sex offenders do have the right to live and work in our community, as long as they don’t break the law or the conditions of the release. The amount of time each offender is required to register varies depending on the conditions of their release. Some must register for life, while others may only be required to register for two or three years.
Protect Your Children
- Talk to your children about not talking to or going anywhere with strangers.
- Be aware of persons who befriend your family, offer to babysit for free or buy your children gifts.
- Do not let your children play in public parks without adult supervision, especially if you know an offender lives in the area.
- Tell your neighbors to keep an eye on your block for suspicious persons hanging around watching children.
Risk Level Assessment
Risk assessments are performed by End of Sentence Review Committee (ESRC). This is when they are given their “level” rating. The law enforcement agency receiving the offender does justification of any change in the assessment of risk level done by the ESRC. They may increase or lower the level assigned by ESRC.
- Level 1 = Low risk to the community
- Level 2 = Moderate risk to the community
- Level 3 = High risk to the community (predatory)
Conditions of Release
Offenders released from prison usually have “conditions” for their release. They may not be allowed in or around parks, schoolyards, daycare facilities or anywhere children frequent. If under the supervision of the Department of Corrections, the community Corrections Officers evaluate their living environment.
When our Spokane C.O.P.S. shop volunteers receive any RSO notification from the police detectives, our volunteers distribute flyers to residents and businesses within a 3-block radius of the RSO’s residence.
Spokane Police Department (SPD) detectives assigned to monitor sex offenders provide all RSO notification flyers to the substations. Every C.O.P.S. Substation maintains a public access binder containing all level 2 and level 3 registered sex offenders in the city. The flyers contained in the books are updated every week as soon as an offender reports a change of address to SPD. E veryone has the right to look at the flyers, but they may not be taken out of the book or reproduced in any way without the approval of SPD.
To find out if a registered sex offender is living in your neighborhood, you may also log onto www.spokanepolice.org or www.spokanesheriff.org, Offender Watch. You may also register for free on these websites to receive email notifications of a sex offender moving into your area.
If you have questions about the Registered Sex Offender Lookup, please fill out the form below.