DETROIT (WXYZ) - There are thousands of people listed on Michigan's registry of sex offenders. A tool from the state allows you to search for registered sex offenders in your neighborhood and see them on a map.
According to the state, registered sex offenders are required to update their address in the the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry within three days of moving to a new home.
Search Michigan's Sex Offender Registry & View Map:
(The map can be difficult to find. See more information below.)
When you search the state database, you have several options. If you are looking for a particular person, you can type in as much or as little information as you know.
TO VIEW A LIST:
In most cases, you will want to do a very broad search. Simply typing your ZIP code into the search tool will give you a list (with photos if they are available) of every registered sex offender who shares your ZIP code.
TO VIEW A MAP:
Further down on the database search form, you will find the option to search within a one mile radius of an address you choose. Typing in your address will build a map that pinpoints the home (and in some cases, the work address) of every registered sex offender within a mile of your home.
In advance of Halloween, today marks the final day of what Michigan's law enforcement officials call "Operation Verify." Throughout the month of October, they do a sweep of sex offenders to make sure they are properly registered with the state. This is the ninth year of the program.