An Omaha man came home over the weekend to find a bright orange notice on his door, letting him know that the Nebraska State Patrol had been there to confirm his residence for the sex offense registry.
The notice says, “You must contact the Investigator/Trooper named below as soon as possible.” (See the accompanying image of one of the notices).
If you receive a notice like this, you are not required to respond to it.
If you are on the registry, you are already confirming your address with law enforcement when you check in once, twice, or four times a year, as required by law. Nothing else is required.
What if one of these cards is left on your door, and a gust of wind blows it away before you see it? What if some passing kid swipes it? Are you going to be held accountable because someone left a piece of paper where you might or might not see it?
These compliance checks HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH PUBLIC SAFETY AND THEY WASTE YOUR TAX DOLLARS.
There is no public safety or law enforcement value in these compliance checks.
It is aggressive policing to identify law-abiding people as registrants with bright orange doorhangers when only a few months ago, the murder of a registrant was celebrated in Omaha.
No wonder some community members are pushing to defund the police. If law enforcement has money and time to spend on pointless exercises like this, they can make do with a reduced budget.