Clovis Police Department • (559) 324-2800 • For all emergencies, please dial 911
Megan’s Law is named after seven-year-old Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl who was raped and killed by a known child molester who had moved in across the street from the family without their knowledge. In the wake of the tragedy, the Kanka’s sought to have local communities warned about sex offenders in the area. Now, California’s Megan’s Law gives the public information of the whereabouts of dangerous sex offenders so that citizens may protect themselves and their children. The law also authorizes local law enforcement to notify the public about high-risk and serious sex offenders who reside in, are employed in or frequent the community.
Megan’s Law is not intended to punish the offender and specifically prohibits using the information to harass or commit any crime against the offender. It recognizes that public safety is best served when registered sex offenders are not concealing their location to avoid harassment.
In an effort to keep citizens informed in a growing population, the Clovis Police Department has created a Sex Registrant Information Line. Any Clovis resident can call the new number to gain information on sex registrants living within the Clovis city limits, or ask general questions regarding our sex registration program.
If you would like to speak to a Clovis Police Department employee regarding further information, please call the Sex Registrant Information Line at (559) 324-3474. This line is available 24/7. You will receive a call back as soon as possible. Sex registrants may also use this number to schedule appointments to register annually, or when moving.
No one likes to think about the possibility of your child going missing. It’s one of the toughest topics, but it’s so important. Being prepared for “what if” could save valuable time. Take a minute to look at these helpful tips:
- Always have a recent photo of your child, with the same haircut and physical features that they have today.
- Have your child’s current physical features and description available. Children grow so quickly – do you have their current height/weight?
- Children love to play and hide. Make sure to always look in closets, piles of laundry, or any other place they could hide.
- Know the contact information for your children’s friends and their parents.
Call 911 immediately if you determine that your child is missing.
- If you’re at a store and your child is missing, immediately notify a store employee. Most retail businesses have plans in place.
- Do you ever have others pick up your child from daycare or other locations? Set up a password that only you and your child knows. If the person picking up your child doesn’t give them the password, tell them to run.
- “Stranger Danger” is no longer the thought process behind teaching children about dangers. The majority of children are abused by people they know. Make sure to have that conversation with them, and make sure they feel comfortable about talking to you.
- Please do not tell your children “Don’t make me call the police”. Children need to be comfortable with the sight of police officers, and they need to feel comfortable to talk to us. They shouldn’t be scared of an officer trying to help them.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children have more good tips on their website. Here is a link if you’d like to learn more:
Child molesters have well-developed techniques for luring victims. They are able to seduce children with attention, affection and gifts; have hobbies and interests appealing to children; and may show sexually explicit videos or pictures to children. Generally, they are skilled at identifying vulnerable victims and are able to identify better with children than adults.
Many parents teach their children not to talk to strangers. But more often that not, an abuser or abductor is known to the child. He or she can be a school bus driver, teacher, relative neighbor or family friend. Many times the molestation occurs in the home of the victim or the abuser.
It is best to teach your child to avoid certain situations or actions. Children should know from an early age that some behavior is NOT acceptable and they HAVE the right to tell an adult to leave them alone.
Here are some specific rules you can teach your child:
- If someone tries to take you away, yell, “This person is not my father (or mother)” and scream
- If you get lost in a store, go to the nearest check stand; don’t wander around on your own
- Stay away from people who call you near their car, even if they offer to take you somewhere exciting, offer you candy or toys
- You don’t have to keep secrets from your parents. No one can hurt your parents or pets if you tell what happened
- Don’t let anyone take your picture without permission from your parents or teacher
- NO ONE should touch you in the parts of your body that are covered by a bathing suit, and you should not be asked to touch anyone there
In addition to the general information available on this website, there is more specific information available at the Clovis Police Department. If you do not have access to the Internet at home, you may go to a Fresno County Library and view more detailed information on the Megan’s Law website.
This information concerns “serious” and “high-risk” sex offenders and includes:
- Name and known aliases
- Age and sex
- Physical description including scars, marks, and tattoos
- Photograph, if available
- Crimes resulting in registration
- County of residence
- Zip code (based on last registration)