Registered Sex Offender (RSO) Numbers

The following table provides the current statistics in respect of Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) in Scotland as of 31/12/2019:

 Division Registered Sex Offenders in the Community Registered Sex Offenders in custody/hospital
 'A' Div - North East) 446 114
 'C' Div - Forth Valley


 'D' Div - Tayside 399 158
 'E' Div - Edinburgh 355 143
 'G' Div - Greater Glasgow 681 251
 'J' Div - The Lothians and   Scottish Borders 364 115
 'K' Div - Renfrewshire &   Inverclyde 155 64
 'L' Div - Argyle & West   Dunbartonshire 149 48
 'N' Div - Highland & Islands 225 57
 'P' Div - Fife 329 148
 'Q' Div - Lanarkshire 529 168
 'U' Div - Ayrshire 386 123
 'V' Div - Dumfries &   Galloway 135 52
 National Total 4375 1522


As of 31st December 2019, Police Scotland has 16 Wanted Registered Sex Offenders. Enquiries to date indicate that all 16 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.