In the summer of 2007, a private business began posting flyers on the doors of homes throughout the metro area. The claim is that a sex offender has moved into a community may or may not be correct. This company will charge you a fee to receive information that may or may not be up-to-date. The most up-to-date information is available to you from the police department for free. Subjects with adult felony sex crime convictions can be queried on www.sotar.us or on the arvada.org page under "Crime and Prevention", these sites also have maps. Please keep in mind, people who must register as sex offenders can be either children or adults. There are many crime types they could have committed, and many do not pose a significant risk to the general public. They are closely monitored by both the local police and parole/probation officers. They have paid, or are in the process of paying, their debt to society. They must re-enter society and live somewhere, just like someone convicted of robbery, burglary or other crimes. Because they are targets of retaliation and anger, many move frequently. Each time they move, we update the list. As a police department, we simply don't have the resources to update the website every day. We are concerned that an innocent citizen, who may move into the residence, will be harassed by mistake. We also try to avoid companies, such as this one, from using fear and our lists from making money off citizens. Please keep in mind, these people are closely monitored. They must live in society. They are not deemed to be the most dangerous offenders- "sexually violent predator." If a sexually violent predator were to move into Arvada, we would hold community meetings to inform the public of the dangers. To date, no sexually violent offenders live in Arvada.
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