Sex OffendersSex offenders have always lived in our communities. However, it was not until passage of the Community Protection Act of 1990, mandating sex offender registration that law enforcement agencies routinely tracked where sex offenders were living.
The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office is responsible registering, tracking and releasing information on registered sex offenders in Kitsap County in accordance with the Community Protection Act and related statutes. The Bremerton Police Department assists the Sheriff's Office with notification and tracking of sex offenders within the City Limits of Bremerton.
Information provided on sex offenders is not intended to create panic or alarm. The intent is to inform the citizens and to enhance community safety and awareness.
These individuals have served the sentence imposed by the courts and in compliance with the Community Protection Act, have advised the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office that they will be living in Kitsap County. Please note, these individuals are not wanted by the police at this time.
Additionally, because there are no court ordered restrictions about their residences, the Bremerton Police Department, Kitsap County Sheriffs Department or Department of Corrections has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may or may not live.
Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated. In fact, such abuse could ultimately result in the end of law enforcement's ability to notify the public. We believe the only person who wins if the community notifications end, is the sex offender. Sex offenders gain their power through secrecy.
Sex Offender Levels and What They Mean
The vast majority of the individuals are classified as Level 1 or Level 2 offenders.
- Level 1 offenders have a low likelihood of re-offending and many are first time offenders.
- Level 2 offenders have a moderate likelihood of re-offending.
- Level 3 offenders are highly likely to re-offend, they may be predatory in nature and pose a potential threat to our communities. (Only a small percentage of offenders are classified as Level 3.)
The State of Washington has strict laws that govern the information that can be disclosed about registered sex offenders. In accordance with these laws, the following information will be provided for Level 3 offenders only:
- Date of Birth
- Physical Description Information
To see a current list of Level III sex offenders residing in Kitsap County please visit the Kitsap County Sheriffs Office Site.
For information on Level II and Level III sex offenders in Washington State, please visit the Washington State Sex Offender Information Center website.