SEX OFFENDERS-What are the different levels and what do they mean?
Convicted Sex Offenders are required by law to register with law enforcement. The Hempstead County Sheriff's Office is the law enforcement agency that handles the registration process of all Sex Offenders who reside in Hempstead County with the exception of those that reside within the City of Hope.
There are four (4) levels of Sex Offenders under Arkansas Law. The levels represent the likelihood the Offender will re-offend.
Level 1 - Least likely to re-offend
Level 2 - Moderate risk to re-offend
Level 3 - High Risk to re-offend
Level 4 - Sexually Violent Predator
A convicted Sex Offender, who is assigned a risk level of 1, 2, or 3, is required to come in to the Sheriff's Office every 6 months to re-register. A level 4 Sex Offender is required to come in every 3 months to re-register.
When a Sex Offender moves into the State of Arkansas, they are required to be evaluated before they are assigned a risk level. This process sometimes will take several months before the State assigns a risk level. Law Enforcement is not allowed to notify the public UNTIL a risk level has been assigned by the State of Arkansas.
SEX OFFENDERS-What or who determines which sex offenders go on the website?
The Hempstead County Sheriff's Office is responsible for notifying the public of where Registered Sex Offenders live. Under Arkansas Law, we are only allowed to do public notification for Level 3 and Level 4 Sex Offenders. In 2007, a law was passed allowing us to do public notification on Level 2 Sex Offenders IF the Sex Offender was 18 years of age or older and the Victim was age 14 or under when the crime was committed.
In addition to posting the information on the website, we also do door to door notification within an area surrounding the residence of the Sex Offender. Officers use flyers showing the Offender's picture and information about their crime, and go door to door notifying the neighbors of who the Sex Offender is and where they live.
It is the belief of the Hempstead Sheriff's Office, that an informed public is a safer public. We will continue to do everything in our power to protect our children and our community.