The reality of this is staggeringly dangerous to Parkway users and adjacent communities and only puts a huge exclamation point on the vital need to conduct effective enforcement sweeps of illegal camping, on a much more regular basis (probably weekly until the problem is brought under control) which hasn’t really happened in years.
An excerpt from the Sacramento Bee on this problem.
Two-day operation focused on American River Parkway
A two-day sex offender compliance operation carried out in the city and county of Sacramento, including the American River Parkway, resulted in 43 arrests last week.
The operation was conducted April 6 and 7 by the Sacramento Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Team in conjunction with the U.S. Marshal, Sacramento County Probation, Rancho Cordova Police Department, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s problem-oriented policing teams, Fulton-El Camino Park Police Department, and Sacramento city and county park rangers. Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull said enforcement activities focused largely on the American River Parkway and Bike Trail.
The purpose of the operation was to locate sex offenders who were in violation of their sex offender registration requirements and other laws. It also was conducted to help develop information regarding the whereabouts of sex offenders who had active warrants for their arrest, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.
During the two days, officers contacted 426 people, 16 of whom were registered sex offenders. More than half the registered sex offenders contacted were arrested for being out of compliance. The remainder of the 43 people arrested were arrested for outstanding warrants, Turnbull said.
The SAFE Team is a multi-agency task force led by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and assigned to supervise, monitor and arrest registered sex offenders who are not in compliance with the law that requires them to register, or who are in violation of their probation or parole status. Team members also are involved in community awareness programs, and provide educational presentations to local, civic and neighborhood organizations.
The team is responsible for approximately 4,000 registered sex offenders in the city and county of Sacramento, more than 400 of whom are currently registered as transient, sheriff’s officials said.