Morrison County completes offender registry verification
LITTLE FALLS — Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel announced that his office, along with the police departments in Little Falls, Royalton, Pierz, Randall, and Motley have recently completed the Predatory Offender Registry verifications for Morrison County. Each year the sheriff’s office and area police departments personally visit and check on each person listed on the Predatory Offender Registry. The purpose of these visits is to ensure that all people listed on the registry are compliant and that they are aware that law enforcement still has them on the radar screen.
A total of 98 Morrison County residents are listed on the Predatory Offender Registry. Of those 98, 30 are Level I, seven are Level II, and two are Level III. Fifty-nine people on the registry do not have a risk level assigned. Risk levels are determined by the Department of Corrections prior to the person being released from prison. Of the 98 total verification checks completed, officers found no offenders to be out of compliance. Level I offenders, along with those without a level assigned are checked once annually. Level II offenders are checked twice per year, while Level III offenders are checked four times per year.
Wetzel stated, “While our compliance checks are extremely important, they do not provide absolute assurance that a person will not be the victim of a sex crime. Each of us needs to take the steps necessary to remain aware of our surroundings and protect ourselves at all times.”