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Bartow County Authorities have released statistics regarding Operation Watchful Eye III
Tuesday, October 9, 2018- 2:46 p.m. 
During September 2018, the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office participated in Operation Watchful Eye III, which is the statewide residence check of all registered sex offenders in the State of Georgia. Our county-wide operation was conducted on September 14th-19th and also on the 21st this year. Our goal was to verify the compliance of the residence requirement for each of the 216 sex offenders living in Bartow County during that time frame.
We were successful in validating 214 of the 216 offenders. Two arrest warrants were issued for the two that were not verified with a residence (Violation of Sex Offender Registry). Assisting the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Registration Unit was the Court Services Division, Patrol Division, and the Cherokee Judicial Circuit Department of Community Supervision.
The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Registration Unit consists of two sworn deputies who work to ensure compliance with all sex offender laws in Georgia for those who reside in Bartow County. For more information or to contact the unit: Deputy Beverly Parker 770-382-5050 extension 6002; or Deputy Travis Haney at 770-382-5050 extension 6014 .
Over the state of Georgia, preliminary reporting by 65 sheriff’s offices reveals a total of 10,601 registered sex offenders, 214 predators, and 301 homeless sex offenders are currently living in their counties.
During the eight-day operation, 6,200 residence verifications were conducted,  35 new warrants were issued for violations of the sex offender registry law, 82 new sex offenders moved into the reporting counties, 13 warrants were issued for new sex offenses, 69 warrants issued for residency violations of the sex offender registry, and 46 warrants issued for other miscellaneous new charges. 
More importantly, it was discovered that 384 sex offenders had absconded from their last known address which will require the sheriff to work with other supporting agencies and track these individuals down.