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Police respond to national news story about missing sex offenders

Posted on 10th March 2015

ACC-Martyn-Bates

Assistant Chief Constable Martyn Bates has responded to national reports about the number of registered sexual offenders who are missing across the country.

He said: “Derbyshire Constabulary works hard to minimise the risks and threats to public protection.

“Latest figures show that there are 1,072 registered sexual offenders in the community in Derby and Derbyshire and 280 in custody.  Six offenders are in breach of the law by not registering their whereabouts and are wanted by the police.

“Five of the missing RSOs are abroad and one is believed to be dead.

“When registered sexual offenders (RSOs) are missing or wanted in the UK, all police forces are alerted.  If they return to the UK, there are several processes in place to ensure that they are brought to the attention of police and arrested where appropriate.

“The UK has some of the most effective tools in the world to manage RSOs. While the reality is that the risks posed to the public by such individuals can never be completely eliminated, there is significant evidence that the multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) successfully keep those risks to a minimum.

“The new Sexual Harm Prevention Orders (SHPO) and Sexual Risk Orders (SRO) mean that, for the first time, we can safeguard children or vulnerable adults abroad as well as in the UK. Along with the Shengen information system (SIS II) these will significantly enhance the existing procedures and processes we have in place.”

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