New state law on registry of homeless sex offenders won't be an issue for Grand Junction

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) --- A new Colorado law says police no longer have to verify the location of homeless sex offenders, but the Grand Junction Police Department said it still won't stop keeping an eye on them.

"It's not going to change the way we operate," said Kate Porras, a public information officer for the Grand Junction Police Department. "We're still going to be tracking them the best we can."

The law was created with the intention of saving police departments time and effort tracking down sex offenders who don't have exact addresses. But Porras said it could be harmful to the community.

"We feel that it's in the interest of our community to know as best as possible where these homeless sex offenders are living," she said.

There is a place in Grand Junction for homeless sex offenders to find beds and turn their lives around. The Mission, a Christian-based homeless shelter, is one of few in the city that accept sex offenders.

"Our pastor always says there's a verse in the Bible that says whosoever will may come," said David Hoover, who works at The Mission. "That means everybody. That means me. That means you. That means the richest man in the world. That means the lowest man in the world."

Hoover said The Mission has hosted about 100 sex offenders over the past seven years and has not had any issues.

"The police department would know almost immediately if someone that says they're staying here isn't staying here because we'll call and tell the police department exactly what's going on," he said.

Grand Junction Police said the officers do know exactly who are the homeless people living in the area and they are even more aware of the ones who have sex offender status.

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