Patrolling the Texas State Fair is apparently more important than allowing sex offenders to register in Dallas. According to The Dallas Morning News, those seeking to register as required by law have been routinely turned away because the police department has reassigned officers to other tasks.
Police department spokesman, C.L. Williams admits that the department “erred badly” by limiting the amount of registrants it has processed in recent weeks by only keeping the office open on three days per week, and 2 ½ hours per day. The office also closes for days at a time when staff training is scheduled.
Offenders say they are trying to comply with the law, but the police department is making it difficult for them. Some claim to have come back repeatedly, and after waiting in line for several hours, are then turned away.