GREELEY – Sex offenders against children could be allowed to move closer to schools and parks in Greeley. “We’re trying to strike a balance between the need for public safety. We want to protect our kids from sex offenders, versus being able to have these folks rehabilitate and not re-offend out here,” Greeley Police Chief Jerry Garner said.
Garner supports an ordinance that would reduce from 750 feet to 300 feet the mandatory distance a sex offender must live from parks, schools, playgrounds and pools. He said the city attorney suggested the ordinance change out of fear of a lawsuit that could cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. “If we don’t change our ordinance, we’re going to end up getting sued and spending a whole bunch of money,” Garner said. Full Article