The Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) is responsible for monitoring Registered Sex Offenders and Kidnapping Offenders who reside within Klickitat County.
The Offender, will be an individual who has been convicted of a sex crime or kidnapping crime, and has been released from Prison or a County Jail, and is currently living in Klickitat County. The Sex Offender and Kidnap Offender must register with the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office by providing their name, home address and place of employment, and any other pertinent information. When the Sex Offender lives in another County and works in Klickitat County, they must also register with our office, per RCW 9A.44.130.
When a Sex Offender or Kidnap Offender leaves the Washington State Department of Corrections (Prison) system (D0C) or a County Jail they are assigned a leveling range from one (1) Low Threat, (2) Moderate Threat and (3) High Threat to the community.
The Elected Sheriff of the County has the responsibility and authority to raise or lower the Registered Sex Offenders or Kidnap Offenders level that was assigned to them by Washington Department of Corrections at the time the Offender was released from Prison or a County Jail and is currently living in Klickitat County.
As your Sheriff, I have decided I will be reviewing all Current and New Sex Offenders and Kidnap Offenders when they register with our Office. I will meet with the Sex Offender or Kidnap Offender to determine what is appropriate level for that individual. A level one (1) is considered low risk of reoffending, level two (2) is considered low to moderate risk of reoffending and level three, (3) is considered a high risk of reoffending in our community.
Levels (2) and (3) Sex Offenders and Kidnap Offenders by State Law require a Photo to be placed on a flyer and dispensed within the neighborhood where the Offender lives. This is done for PUBLIC SAFETY.
After reviewing Sex Offenders or Kidnap Offenders registration if they are listed as a level one, I will seriously consider moving them to a level two (2) or level three (3) if the conviction involves Child Molestation, Child Pornography or Kidnapping, whether their conviction is a recent conviction or an old conviction.
As your Sheriff, I consider our CHILDREN’S SAFETY to be the HIGHEST PRIORITY in Klickitat County.
I will be available to discuss or meet with citizens in person, who may have questions or concerns about the Sex Offenders and Kidnapping Offenders registration process.