Registered Sex Offender (RSO) Numbers

The following table provides the current statistics in respect of Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) in Scotland as of 31/03/2019:

 Division Registered Sex Offenders in the Community Registered Sex Offenders in custody/hospital
 'A' Div - North East) 414 125
 'C' Div - Forth Valley


 'D' Div - Tayside 381 141
 'E' Div - Edinburgh 356 125
 'G' Div - Greater Glasgow 642 233
 'J' Div - The Lothians and   Scottish Borders 342 121
 'K' Div - Renfrewshire &   Inverclyde 163 59
 'L' Div - Argyle & West   Dunbartonshire 144 52
 'N' Div - Highland & Islands 216 72
 'P' Div - Fife 318 141
 'Q' Div - Lanarkshire 499 168
 'U' Div - Ayrshire 373 109
 'V' Div - Dumfries &   Galloway 132 50
 National Total 4195 1467


As of 31st March 2019, Police Scotland has 15 Wanted Registered Sex Offenders and no missing Sex Offenders.  Enquiries to date indicate that 14 offenders are out with the UK.

What is the difference between a wanted and missing sex offender?

A Missing person is defined as anyone whose whereabouts is unknown and:

  • where the circumstances are out of character; or
  • the context suggests the person may be subject to crime; or
  • the person is at risk of harm to themselves or another.

A Wanted Registered Sex Offender is defined as those who are subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and who have a live warrant in force.

Police Scotland treat all missing and wanted Registered Sex Offenders with the utmost seriousness and will carry out all possible enquiries to trace their whereabouts and to re-establish the management required to protect the public. On all occasions a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) of a rank no less than Inspector will be appointed to lead these investigations.