NM: County Sheriff Spies on Sex Offenders

April 2, 2010

kob.com: Cameras give sex offenders ‘the eye’.

Watch video report here.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department shares an inside look to how some registered sex offenders are tracked by the use of surveillance cameras around the county. Deputies say they then get permission from neighbors, landlords, or business owners to put up cameras to see if they can spot an offender. Detectives will go back and watch the footage and have warrants written based on not seeing an offender at home. The cameras can end up in different places. BCSO Detective Pat Burke says even a bush or a tree can be used for surveillance.

The cameras were paid for by a Federal Department of Justice grant. BCSO wouldn’t say how many cameras are up, but confirm at least eight are somewhere in the county.

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