Dover police are currently working to extend the parameters of the state’s sex offender law to include daycare centers.
City officials are also helping out and working closely with police to pass an ordinance to make sure sex offenders stay as far away as possible from not only school children, but also those who attend area daycare centers. The law currently restricts medium to high-risk sex offenders from living and working less than 500 feet away from schools.
In August of 2011, there were 187 sex offenders registered in Dover. Resident, Sherima Grant, who has a child in daycare, supports officials effort to better protect kids from sex offenders. “It’s extremely important because offenders usually plan out their next victim,” said Grant. “Daycare children are young and possibly very easy to manipulate, so I think it’s best to extend the law,” Grant added.
Dover police officers usually notify residents when a new sex offender registers within city limits. In some cases, officers will go door-to-door to get the word out.
People interested in knowing more about sex offenders registered locally can go to www.crimeweb.net, a free site that provides notifications.