Authorities checking in on sex offenders in Mecklenburg County

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police and Sheriff's deputies in Mecklenburg County are coming together for Operation Watchdog.

Their goal is to verify the addresses of over 950 sex offenders during October and November.

The task force was established almost a decade ago.

Its mission is to diminish sex crimes and sexually-motivated crimes

During the sweep, teams comprised of local state and federal law enforcement officers will target registered sex offenders in Mecklenburg county

Authorities will fan out across the county contacting 954 known sex offenders.

These offenders range in crimes from indecent liberties to 1st degree rape.

The teams want to send sex offenders a forceful message, said Sheriff Chipp Bailey.

They are being watched, they are being investigated and they are being held accountable if they violate the law.

"If they're not where they are supposed to be, then we will take action and sign warrants which is a felony and we will pursue them to bring them in," said Sheriff Bailey.

He also encourages parents to download the Sex Offender App for I-phone to see which offenders live in your area.

Authorities want to do this ahead of Halloween.