The legislature found that sex offenders often pose a high risk of re-offense and that law enforcement efforts to protect their communities, conduct investigations and quickly apprehend offenders who have committed sex offenses were impaired by the lack of information available to law enforcement.
In 1990, the legislature passed the Community Notification Act. The act made provisions for the regulating of sex offenders and requires sex offenders to register with local law enforcement.
The Monroe Police Department is authorized to release information to the public regarding sex offenders when it can determine that the disclosure of the information is relevant and necessary to protect the public and counteract the danger created by the particular offender.
The extent of public disclosure of relevant and necessary information shall be rationally related to the level of risk posed by the offender to the community; location where the offender resides or intends to reside; and the needs of the affected community members for information to enhance their individual and collective safety. The State of Washington has strict laws that govern the information that can be disclosed about registered sex offenders.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is in charge of registering sex offenders for Snohomish County. View additional information on how to search for offenders in your area and register for email alerts from Sheriff Alerts.