Sheriff’s Department completes first phase of Sex Offender Compliance Check

by Emily Waldrep

The Tyler County Sheriff's Department held a Sex Offender Compliance Check on Wednesday, August 13 on approximately 25 of the 65 registered sex offenders within the county.

"We made contact with a little less than half, which is what we set out to do," said Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford. "We used a unit compiled of Tyler County Deputies, Texas DPS, officers with the probation department and local troopers to conduct the compliance check."

What the compliance checks consist of is a visit to each registered sex offender in the county to check and make sure that everything is correct on their registration, including the place they live, who lives with them and vehicles they drive.
"We want to make sure that no stipulations in their probation or their mandated registration are being violated," Weatherford said.
During the check, deputies and the SOR team recovered approximately nine grams of methamphetamine, marijuana and other pills that will be sent to the DPS lab for confirmation.

The agents with DPS and the deputies office will compile all the information from the check regarding those who were not in compliance with their registration and warrants will be issued for those people.

"In the very near future we will be doing another compliance check as well as a warrant roundup over the violations discovered in the recent check," Weatherford said. "This is an idea of things to come because this is just the start of a large crackdown for compliance for our sex offenders."

Weatherford says that the safety of the community is paramount.