Mitzelfelt Proposes Team to Track Sex Offenders

Mitzelfelt Proposes Team to Track Sex Offenders

Brad mitzelfelt

(Best Syndication) SAN BERNARDINO – San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt today announced that he will propose the creation of a Sheriff's sex-offender tracking team during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

Mitzelfelt's plan, co-sponsored by Sheriff Gary Penrod, would provide supplemental Sheriff’s staff to support multi-agency efforts to locate, monitor, and investigate sex offenders in San Bernardino County.

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“Now that the State of California has begun enforcing Jessica’s Law, putting thousands of sex offenders on the move, we need to ensure that we are prepared to keep track of the increased number of sex offenders who may come our way,” said Supervisor Mitzelfelt. “I’m especially concerned that we may see more sex offenders in our rural areas, where it's perceived to be easier to find housing outside of restricted areas.”

Supervisor Mitzelfelt represents much of San Bernardino County’s rural and desert communities.

Mitzelfelt's proposal would add two new staff members to the Sheriff’s Crimes Against Children unit. The positions being requested include one Sheriff’s Special Program Coordinator and one detective. The Program Coordinator would work directly with personnel from the Sheriff’s Department, Probation Department and the District Attorney’s Office to initiate, organize and coordinate efforts to track sex offenders. The detective would track and investigating sex offenders, including those who are already in the county as well as offenders who may relocate to the county. The cost of the new positions, including equipment and vehicles, is expected to be approximately $238,000.

“The Department of Corrections releases hundreds of sex offenders from prison each month and we need to be able to keep track of where they are,” added Mitzelfelt. “Sheriff Penrod has been doing an amazing job of keeping track of sex offenders and with these additional resources, he’ll be able to continue building San Bernardino County’s reputation as a county for sex offenders to avoid.“

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By David Zook
Brad Mitzelfelt's Office
Supervisor, First District
San Bernardino County

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