For Immediate Release
|January 28, 2016||
John Sanchez, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Eastern District of Tennessee (865) 545-4182 x261
|Operation 'Make It Rain' Keeps Grainger County Sex Offenders in Compliance|
Knoxville, TN - From January 27 to January 28, U.S. Marshals from the Eastern District of Tennessee, along with Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force officers from the Knoxville Police Department, The Knox County Sheriff’s Office, and the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, assisted the Grainger County Sheriff’s Office in conducting its 2016 sex offender compliance operation. Dubbed “Operation Make It Rain,” officers conducted a county-wide compliance and enforcement initiative to ensure sex offenders were following the guidelines of the sex offender registry. Throughout the two-day operation, officers conducted almost 41 sex offender compliance checks that resulted in the following:
"Operations like Operation ‘Make It Rain’ help us protect our communities and ensure their safety. The Grainger County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshals Service and everyone involved worked diligently to check the sex offenders registered in Grainger County. Our goal is to make sure that to ensure that each and every one of them is following the rules,” stated Grainger County Sheriff James Harville “Sex offenders who come to our county should not come thinking that they can circumvent the law and endanger our children and our citizens" he added.
“The main benefits of operations like this one are three-fold: we ensure the law is being followed; we identify when it is not and protect the citizens of Grainger County from sexual predators who are trying to circumvent the sex offender registry requirements; and we strengthen the ties between all law enforcement agencies involved by closely working together towards a common goal”, stated U.S. Marshals Senior Inspector Derrick Swenson.
The U.S. Marshals Service has
three key missions under the Adam Walsh Child
Protection and Safety Act of 2006: (1) to assist
state, local, tribal and territorial authorities
in the location and apprehension of noncompliant
sex offenders; (2) to investigate violations of
the criminal provisions of the Adam Walsh Act;
and (3) to identify and locate displaced sex
offenders resulting from a major disaster. Since
January 2009, the Marshals have partnered with
law enforcement personnel from more than 3,000
state and local agencies to coordinate and
execute sex offender compliance/enforcement
operations throughout the country.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
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