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More than 200 child sex offenders are evading police in one Australian state alone 

More than 200 registered child sex offenders evade police in one Australian state alone – as officers admit they can’t cope

  • More than 200 child sex offenders are avoiding police monitoring in NSW alone
  • This year, police kept tabs on only 67 of 4,000 offenders over one month
  • The alarming new figures have been released by the Police Association of NSW 
  • The association have said they are unable to keep tabs due to a lack of officers

More than 200 child sex offenders are able to evade detection in one Australian state alone – with a police chief admitting there aren’t enough officers on the job to keep a track of them.

New figures released by the Police Association of New South Wales have revealed police do not know the whereabouts of 201 offenders in the state.

Those who have avoided the eye of the authorities may have done so by failing to provide addresses or moved without informing police.

More than 200 child sex offenders are able to evade detection in one Australian state alone – with a police chief admitting there aren’t enough officers on the job to keep a track of them (stock image)

The alarming figures also revealed that in one month this year police only kept tabs on 67 of the roughly 4000 registered sex offenders in NSW – according to The Daily Telegraph.

The association also said there were around 80 cases linked to child sex offences that were not being investigated. 

President of the association Tony King described the statistics as ‘shocking’ and added the lack of monitoring of offenders was only uncovered when officers made routine checks.

He told The Daily Telegraph: ‘Our children are at risk from these sexual predators.

‘We know there are more than 4000 offenders on the Child Protection Register but only a fraction of those are monitored regularly due to the fact we don’t have enough police to do the job.’ 

The figures’ release come as the association, who say officers ‘are stretched to their limits’, appeals to the Minister for Police Troy Grant to add a further 2500 officers to the NSW Police Force.

The figures' release come as the association, who say officers 'are stretched to their limits', appeals to the Minister for Police Troy Grant to add a further 2500 officers to the NSW Police Force (pictured association president Tony King)

The figures’ release come as the association, who say officers ‘are stretched to their limits’, appeals to the Minister for Police Troy Grant to add a further 2500 officers to the NSW Police Force (pictured association president Tony King)

On Saturday, Minister Grant said the government had added an extra 1000 officers to the force since 2011 and a detailed plan was being drafted to determine the number needed in the future.

Despite Mr Grant’s announcement, Mr King said the fact reoffending rates were almost 50 per cent among child sex offenders meant the police force could not wait to receive the added numbers.

The figures comes two weeks after a former house mistress at an elite NSW school was spared further jail time after unlawfully having sex with boys aged between 15 and 17.

The association also said there were around 80 cases linked to child sex offences that were not being investigated (stock image)

The association also said there were around 80 cases linked to child sex offences that were not being investigated (stock image)

 

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