Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why was the sex offender allowed to move into my neighborhood?
The Fargo Police Department (FPD) cannot dictate where a sex offender chooses to live. The offender is required to register with us and notify us of any changes in address or employment.

2. Is this person dangerous?
The FPD checks on each offender several times each year to ensure they are compliant with their requirements to register. The attention of the community notification process and the frequent visits by the police department seem to act as a deterrent to criminal behavior. The state has assessed this offender as having a high-risk for offending again. As a result, we believe it is important for neighbors to have accurate information about the offender.

3. What should I do if I see suspicious behavior?
If you see any suspicious behavior you should notify the police department immediately. Do not take action yourself. The FPD relies on alert and aware citizens to provide valuable information in many instances and appreciates your involvement.

4. Who should I contact if I have questions?
If you have questions or concerns, you can contact the FPD shift commander at 241-8175 or 235-4493.

The FPD cautions the public about harassment or, other criminal behavior directed at the offender. This can result in criminal action against those responsible and endanger the sex offender registration law. Sex offender registration laws are under constant scrutiny and legal action. Law enforcement agencies make good use of the information provided by registration and does not want to see the law struck down.

More information on high-risk and lifetime offenders is also available on the North Dakota Attorney General’s website and the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender public website.