While the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry gives the public an ability to keep an eye out for sex offenders, local police keep an even closer eye.
There are 77 registered sex offenders living in White Lake and Highland, according to the registry. Police know just about everything about them and if they don't, that could mean big trouble for a registered sex offender.
Lt. Don Nankervis with the White Lake Police Department said the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry is very accurate. He said he knows because the department regularly checks to ensure the registered offenders in the area stay compliant.
If registered sex offenders don't keep police updated on their activities, it can mean big penalties. Nankervis said failure to verify a change of address is a two-year felony.
"If they don't come in when they are supposed to we've gone out and arrested them the next day," Nankervis said. "We are very strict and proactive when it comes to making sure the offenders are registered and living where they say they are."
Nankervis said individuals must physically come into the police department to verify their address or notify police of any changes. The department periodically visits the listed addresses throughout the year to verify them as well as part of the department's compliance checks.
Individuals committing several crimes are required to be listed as sex offenders under the Sex Offenders Registration Act, Act 295 of 1994, and are listed on the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry (PSOR) website.
There are three tiers of crimes an individual can be listed under. Sex offenders in White Lake and Highland fall under all three tiers. Their offenses can be found on the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry.
- Tier 1 offenders must register for 15 years and verify annually.
- Tier 2 offenders must register for 25 years and verify bi-annually.
- Tier 3 offenders must register for life and verify quarterly.
The Michigan State Police also have a system to send out an email alert when a registered sex offender moves near you.
How the Map Works
The map is interactive, meaning you can zoom in, zoom out, or move it around to see all the plotted points.
Floating your cursor over one of the markers will give you the approximate address of the sex offender. Clicking on the marker will give you a link to the sex offender's profile on the the registry.
*Addresses on the map are provided by the Michigan State Police through the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry.