In a Small North Dakota City, She Keeps an Eye on Sex Offenders


New York Times columnist Dan Barry profiles Amanda McNamee, a police detective assigned to monitor the 20 registered sex offenders in Dickinson, N.D. He writes, “Dickinson, near the Badlands of western North Dakota, has nearly 16,000 people living within its 9.5 square miles. And, like anywhere else, it has its share of registered sex offenders, working in the oil fields and at the drive-thru window, browsing at the Wal-Mart and in the Prairie Hills Mall, appearing prominently on local and state Web sites because they cannot be trusted around children.”

He continues, “In the end, one person monitors the registered sex offenders of Dickinson: Detective McNamee, 27, the wife of a night-shift supervisor at the Baker Boy plant and the mother of two children, one 19 months old, the other 4 months old. She originally went to college to become a teacher, but the thought of herding kindergartners pushed her in another direction. ‘I'd rather deal with sex offenders,’ she says, half-kidding.”


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