A special task force comprised of 91 law enforcement teams knocked on more than 1,000 doors of registered sex offenders throughout San Diego County June 22, in an operation that resulted in 14 arrests and launched 61 new investigations.
The San Diego Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force conducted “Operation Watchdog” in a sweeping attempt to locate registered sex offenders and investigate their status, said Task Force Commander David Collazo.
Collazo said the task force was successful in contacting more than 800 known offenders.
He added that the goal of the sweep was to verify that offenders were complying with registration laws and to identify any illegal activity they might be engaged in.
Drug and firearm-sniffing dogs aided in the searches.
The sweep resulted in the seizure of such items as pornography, drug paraphernalia, marijuana, smart phones, laptops, children’s clothing, toys and alcohol.
Collazo said that investigations have been opened on 61 of the individuals who were found to be out of compliance with their parole status.
SAFE conducts targeted audits throughout the year, Collazo explained, adding that the teams searched every corner of San Diego County to remind offenders that they are being watched closely.