Sex offenders will now have to go through police and not a judge to get an exemption on where they want to live.
The El Paso City Council voted to amend a 2007 ordinance on Tuesday. Offenders had the option to request an exemption on residency that would prohibit them from living within 1,000 feet of where children commonly gather.
Those exemptions are usually made in court with a judge. But police say they often lost track of where offenders were living.
Now offenders must apply through the police chief, which will require them to go through an interview and for neighbors to also be notified.
“We feel that this is in the best interest of the community and the registrants themselves and we will always put the community first,” said Assistant Chief Patrick Maloney.
Revision to the exemptions would only be made if the offender commits an offense.