LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Hundreds of police officers from across the region are joining forces with the U.S. Marshal's office for one mission that's going to take a few days and quite a few stops to complete. It's called Operation Derby City Overwatch and it's a sweeping new initiative.
"This is the first operation of its kind for the Marshal's Office in the Western District of Kentucky and one of the larger ones on the national scale that's ever been put together," said Brad Quillen with the U.S. Marshal's Office.
That requires a lot of team work. Nearly 120 officers from LMPD, Shively, even the FBI and Secret Service have all joined forces for the mission.
"In 2006, the Adam Walsh Child Protection Act was enacted by Congress. Part of that is to verify the sex registries in each and every state," said Brian Parrish with the U.S. Marshal's Office.
In Jefferson County, that's roughly 1,100 people sentenced to 10-to-20 years or even a lifetime of registering and updating their whereabouts.
On Tuesday, May 31, the first-ever process of checking in on offenders in the county began - to make sure they haven't checked out.
"There's a certain percent of people that fail to register and go to other locations and resume their activity that got them into trouble in the first place," Parrish said.
If that happens, a search begins that officers say rivals that of searching for a fugitive.
"If an individual fails to register in a state and moves to another jurisdiction he can be prosecuted federally," Parrish said.
Officers are assigned a zip code of offenders to check on, and then head out; armed not only with weapons, but with information.
"All of his identifiers are there, any aliases, over here on the right side you'll see registration type," Quillen explained to the officers before they headed out.
For the next week officers will meet at the Fairgrounds and from there head out to see how many people are or are not in compliance.
At the end of the nearly 10-day operation, they'll examine how things stand and the statistics of how is breaking the law.
For more on the sex offender registry in Kentucky, click here.
For the Indiana sex offender registry, click here.