DPS Sex Offender Registry Website

The Texas Department of Public Safety has provided an easy-to-use tool that will show where a sex offender lives, their most recent photo, the crime they were convicted of committing, when that crime occurred, the age of their victim and their risk assessment. 

Do you know if there’s a sex offender in your neighborhood? Lamar County Sheriff’s Lt. James Shanahan does, and so should you.

Fortunately, the Texas Department of Public Safety has provided an easy-to-use tool that will not just show you where a sex offender lives, but will provide you their most recent photo, the crime they were convicted of committing, when that crime occurred, the age of their victim and their risk assessment. All of it comes up with the click of a button after searching for your own address.

It is important to note that the information made available to the public cannot be used to harass or intimidate a sex offender. Those who do are subject to themselves being charged with a crime like making terroristic threats. The information is there solely to promote community safety.

With Halloween quickly approaching, it’s a good idea to go and visit the DPS site at records.txdps.state.tx.us/SexOffenderRegistry/Search, search your address and know who your neighbors are.

It might be law enforcement’s job to monitor sex offenders’ activity, but we all play a role in promoting community safety, and the best way to protect ourselves and our children is by having a firm knowledge of our neighborhood.

Klark Byrd

The Paris News Editorial Board publishes editorials on topics of local relevance every Wednesday and Sunday.

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SandyRozek-NARSOL

Dear Sheriff Shanahan: NARSOL appreciates your goal of keeping children safe. For Halloween, you will accomplish that goal if you focus on things that are actually risks to children, and persons on sexual offense registries are not among those. Everyone by now knows this, so I won't take space explaining it. I will link a statement just put out that explains very simply why your efforts are misdirection and harmful to children if they encourage parents to ignore the actual risks. https://blog.atsa.com/2019/10/halloween-and-sexual-abuse-prevention.html?m=1



Please contact us at communications@narsol.org or our Texas affiliate at https://texasvoices.org/ for questions or information. Thank you.


Rev Bailey

I agree with Sandy Rozek of NARSOL. It is a proven fact that the Registry is not effective. I know I am a victim. The registry only gives a false sense of security. Look to the left while being hit from the right.



Indeed These listings and govt posting only makes people think officials are doing something. If you are really concerned about public safety what about all the career criminals they aren't on a list! The career criminals are far more dangerous than a SO.



Did you know that over 80% of SO are level 1 meaning they will probably never offend again and in so many cases made an honest mistake like thinking a girl was older than she is because she was trying to pass herself off as such. So many stories of very similar things.



Truth is important and I just wanted to share.


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