2/5/2018 2:37:00 PM Hayfield community notification meeting cancelled for tonight
The Community Notification Meeting scheduled for tonight in Hayfield is being cancelled by the Dodge County Sheriff's Office. We received information this morning from Dodge/Fillmore/Olmsted Probations that Kevin Williams will no longer be moving into Hayfield as initially anticipated and is now working on relocating elsewhere outside of Dodge County.
There were a few questions regarding this notification and meeting from Dodge County residents, especially considering we don't have a lot of past experience with Level III Predatory Offenders in Dodge County. The main question we heard was why wasn't the community notified and a meeting held before the anticipated move-in-date? We were notified last week that the subject was moving to Hayfield on Thursday February 1st. This was not someone being released from prison on charges. This was someone moving from one residence to another, just like any of us may do from time to time. The same day the information was handed to me, we worked to schedule a notification meeting and did a media release on his intentions. Unfortunately, there was not enough notice given to organize a meeting prior to his anticipated move in date - this happens with address changes. We worked to line up representatives from the Department of Corrections, Sheriff's Office, Hayfield School District, Dodge County Victim Services, and Dodge/Fillmore/Olmsted Corrections to be present at this meeting to answer questions and concerns - and we'll do the same thing in the future should the need arise again.
Offenders with Level III status, who have served the sentence imposed on them by the court, have a right to live where ever they choose as long as it falls within the guidelines of their release conditions. Some offenders, who aren't on a supervised status, also have no restrictions - and may have no restrictions regarding minors depending on their violation. Many people equate Predatory Offenders with child abusers - that's simply not always the case.
Our responsibility as law enforcement, is to release information on a level three registrant subject to public notification - which is what we did last week. This notification advises the community of his/her offense(s), and that he/she is moving into our community - it's primarily an informational meeting about sex offenders in general, the specific level 3, and a forum where we can answer the public's questions and concerns. This notification does not give us the ability to share specific information about this person such as address, vehicle information, employment, etc. Our ongoing responsibility is to continue to serve our communities to help keep them safe, with part of that responsibility being aware of persons of concern within our communities, and assisting supervising agents when necessary with their clients.
We will continue to work to keep our communities safe - and in the event we are notified of another Level 3 Offender moving into our county, we will do our due diligence to promptly notify the community involved and provide the necessary information and community notification meeting.