For immediate release:
On March 18th and 19th, over 70 different law enforcement officers, agents, deputies and investigators from six different local, state and federal agencies participated in Operation Shamrock in Gwinnett County. The two day operation focused on assuring the compliance of over 70 registered sex offenders who were on active state probation or parole. Participating agencies included the United States Marshal Service, the United States Secret Service, the Georgia Department of Corrections Probation Division, the Georgia State Bureau of Pardons and Paroles, the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office.
Operation Shamrock resulted in the verification of 67 sex offenders. A total of seven arrests were made for various violations of probation and parole. Three additional warrants for offenders who were found in violation of their probation are forthcoming. Two new cases of possession of child porn and child molestation are also under further investigation as a result of information obtained during the compliance checks. These investigations may result in two more charges being filed.
United States Marshals Service Senior Inspector and Sex Offender Investigations Coordinator for the Northern District of Georgia, Katrina Crouse, assisted in coordinating the operation. Regarding the operation, Senior Inspector Crouse stated, “The main goal of this operation was to conduct a show of law enforcement unity and cooperation in keeping a watch on the county’s sex offenders; thus ensuring they are complying with all requirements and apprehending those who have violated state, local and federal laws. In doing so, the operation should increase public safety throughout the greater Gwinnett County area and the state of Georgia.”
The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office presently monitors 546 registered sex offenders within the Georgia Registry on a daily basis. Efforts such as this operation affords the Sheriff’s Office and those other agencies who supervise sex offenders in Gwinnett County an additional opportunity to let both the community and the sex offenders know that they will be monitored in accordance with state and federal laws.
Sheriff Butch Conway would like to express his appreciation to all the participants for their assistance, adding that it’s “always nice to have a force multiplier.”