BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Police Department has announced that 22 people were arrested during a sex offender compliance and warrant sweep today.
On Wednesday, April 24, at about 6:30 a.m., officials said sixteen teams made up of law enforcement officers from several local agencies, tried to contact 189 registered sex offenders within Bakersfield, to determine if they were in compliance with their sex registrant status.
Police said that all targeted subjects in the compliance checks had prior arrests and convictions for various sexual offenses, some of which involve crimes of violence.
Of the people contacted, 149 were found to be in compliance with the terms of their registration.
The BPD will be submitting criminal complaints to the Kern County District Attorney's Office for 27 additional individuals who failed to comply with their terms of their registration status.
During the operation, officers said a total of 22 people were arrested, eleven of which are felony arrests and eleven of which were misdemeanor arrests.
California Penal Code 290, also known as the Sex Offender Registration Act, requires any individual convicted to register with the local law enforcement agency in their jurisdiction, every year on their birthday and any time they moves to another address to register the current address.
This sweep was conduction in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Crime Victims' Rights Week, the BPD partnered with the United States Federal Probation Office, the Kern County Probation Department, and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Parole Division.