Registered Sex Offenders
Convicted sex offenders are required to register with local law enforcement in the jurisdiction where they live. The Portland Police Department handles registration of these individuals. The names and addresses of sex offenders who register with the police department are provided to the Texas Department of Public Safety, which maintains a public database of names, crimes and addresses.
Registration involves the offender providing information that includes, but is not limited to, the offender's name and address, a color photograph, and the offense the offender was convicted of or adjudicated for. Registered sex offenders are required to periodically report to the Portland Police Department to verify the accuracy of their registration information and to promptly report changes in the information as those changes occur. A sex offender who fails to comply with any registration requirement is subject to felony prosecution.
Finding Currently Registered Offender Locations
You can view the currently registered sex offenders in Portland here: Texas Sex Offender Registration Program (link).
In addition to registration required by state law, the City of Portland limits where a registered sex offender may live. Section 11-190 of the Code of Ordinances restricts registered offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school, park, daycare facility, or another registered sex offender. Before establishing residency, registered offenders must contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the police department at 361-777-4444 to verify the location of restricted zones.
If you have any questions about sex offender registration in the City of Portland, please contact us at 361-777-4444.