About six months ago, Colorado state law put more emphasis on requiring these types of notification meetings.
Thursday night's meeting was held for two important reasons. One, because it is the law. The Grand Junction Police Department said it is important to inform the public on what the law means. The second reason for the meeting is for public safety. Authorities said it is important for people to be aware about the offender and where he is living in the community.
On December 15th, local law enforcement was notified that 34 year old Lance Wilkerson moved to Grand Junction. That is why they took this opportunity to educate the public on a variety of topics, including the description of a sexual offender, and sexual offender statistics.
Officials also warned those in attendance not to harass the man. Audience members were also given a chance to ask the panel, which consisted of attorney's, law enforcement agents, and parole officers, questions on this topic.
Next Thursday, there will be another communication notification meeting held by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. The meeting will inform the public on another sexually violent predator who has moved into Mesa County. That meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. and will be at the Clifton Assembly of God Church.