Now, California's Megan's Law gives the public information of the whereabouts of dangerous sex offenders so that citizens may protect themselves and their children. The law also authorizes local law enforcement to notify the public about high-risk and serious sex offenders who reside in, are employed in or frequent the community.
Megan's Law is not intended to punish the offender and specifically prohibits using the information to harass or commit any crime against the offender. It recognizes that public safety is best served when registered sex offenders are not concealing their location to avoid harassment.
In an effort to keep citizens informed in a growing population, the Clovis Police Department has created a Sex Registrant Information Line. Any Clovis resident can call the new number to gain information on sex registrants living within the Clovis city limits, or ask general questions regarding our sex registration program.
If you would like to speak to a Clovis Police Department employee regarding further information, please call the Sex Registrant Information Line at (559) 324-3474. This line is available 24/7. You will receive a call back as soon as possible. Sex registrants may also use this number to schedule appointments to register annually, or when moving.
No one likes to think about the possibility of your child going missing. It's one of the toughest topics, but it's so important. Being prepared for "what if" could save valuable time. Take a minute to look at these helpful tips:
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children have more good tips on their website. Here is a link if you'd like to learn more:
In addition to the general information available on this website, there is more specific information available at the Clovis Police Department. If you do not have access to the Internet at home, you may go to a Fresno County Library and view more detailed information on the Megan's Law website.
This information concerns "serious" and "high-risk" sex offenders and includes:
Child molesters have well-developed techniques for luring victims. They are able to seduce children with attention, affection and gifts; have hobbies and interests appealing to children; and may show sexually explicit videos or pictures to children. Generally, they are skilled at identifying vulnerable victims and are able to identify better with children than adults.
Many parents teach their children not to talk to strangers. But more often that not, an abuser or abductor is known to the child. He or she can be a school bus driver, teacher, relative neighbor or family friend. Many times the molestation occurs in the home of the victim or the abuser.
It is best to teach your child to avoid certain situations or actions. Children should know from an early age that some behavior is NOT acceptable and they HAVE the right to tell an adult to leave them alone.
Here are some specific rules you can teach your child:
Clovis Police Department
1233 Fifth Street, Clovis, CA 93612
Crime Line (Non-emergency Tips) (559) 324-2459
Non-emergency Response (559) 324-2800
Records (559) 324-2400
Call 9-1-1 in an emergency