Bainbridge police department wants to continue sex offender watch program

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Bainbridge Island City Council members will decide at this week's meeting whether to continue their current sex and kidnapping offender program.

The Bainbridge Island Police Department has participated since 2008 in a state program that requires officers to make face-to-face contact with registered offenders on the island.

If the program is met with approval, the police department will enroll in another year to receive a $1,000 grant from the state to help enforce the program.

Bainbridge Island has nine registered sex offenders living in the area.

With the program, officers are required to make face-to-face verification every six months of a Level I or II offender's residence. They are required to verify a Level III offender's residence every three months.

After verification, officers must submit a contact list to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.

If an offender is found to no longer be living at the registered residence, the county sheriff's office will investigate and pursue a charging decision with the county prosecutor's office.

On the chance that a new Level III offender moves into the jurisdiction, a press release must be submitted to the local media and the community to be notified by the police department.

The program grant amounts to less than 1 percent of the police department's annual budget. If approved, no budget changes will be required.

The council will open the floor for the sex and kidnapping offender programĀ  during this week's consent portion of the agenda at 7:55 p.m. City council meetings begin at 7 p.m. every Wednesday.

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