A multi-agency effort, which included the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, carried out Operation Shamrock last week, checking for compliance of more than 70 registered sex offenders in the county who are on active parole or probation.
Also participating in the March 18-19 sweep were the U.S. Marshal Service, Secret Service, Georgia Department of Corrections Probation Division, Georgia State Bureau of Pardons and Paroles, and Department of Homeland Security Investigations.
According to a press release, Operation Shamrock resulted in:
Verification of 67 sex offenders.
A total of seven arrests were made for various violations of probation and parole.
Three additional warrants for offenders who were found in violation of their probation are forthcoming.
Two new cases of possession of child porn and child molestation are also under further investigation as a result of information obtained during the compliance checks.
These investigations may result in two more charges being filed.
“The main goal of this operation was to conduct a show of law enforcement unity and cooperation in keeping a watch on the county’s sex offenders; thus ensuring they are complying with all requirements and apprehending those who have violated state, local and federal laws,” Katrina Crouse of the U.S. Marshal Service said in a press release. “In doing so, the operation should increase public safety throughout the greater Gwinnett County area and the state of Georgia.”
The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office said it monitors 546 registered sex offenders within the Georgia Registry every day.
“Efforts such as this operation affords the Sheriff’s Office and those other agencies who supervise sex offenders in Gwinnett County an additional opportunity to let both the community and the sex offenders know that they will be monitored in accordance with state and federal laws,” the office said in the press release.