Sex Offender Registration

OffenderWatch Program
The San Juan County Sheriff's Office is pleased to participate in the OffenderWatch program. The OffenderWatch database is updated throughout the day as offender addresses and other offender information is updated in our office. Click the OffenderWatch emblem to access real-time information on the publishable offenders within the specified radius of the address you enter.
Offender Watch Website
Sex Offender Registration
The 1990 Community Protection Act was enacted to give adequate notice to the communities of Washington State concerning sex offenders who are, or will be, residing in their community. Sex offenders have always lived in our communities, but it was not until the passing of this act that law enforcement was even made aware of where they were living. In many cases law enforcement is now able to share that information with the public. This notification is designed to assist community members in developing constructive plans to prepare themselves and their children in living near released, convicted sex offenders. The San Juan County Sheriff's Office does not have the ability to direct where a sex offender chooses to live or work.

Offender Statistics
As of this date, there are over 12,000 sex offenders in Washington State. San Juan County has 26 offenders at the lowest risk level and 5 are classified as Intermediate risks. State wide there are over 2,600 unregistered offenders being actively pursued by law enforcement.

This notification is not intended to increase fear. It is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. We believe the only person who wins if community notification ends is the sex offender, since sex offenders derive their power through secrecy.

Abuse of Information
Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass sex offenders will not be tolerated. Such abuse could potentially end our current ability to release this important information to the public and may result in the prosecution of the citizen committing the offense. These registered sex offenders are not wanted persons.