The State Auditor’s Office is defending their report on the sex offender registry system following a highly critical response from the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association. Nicole Galloway says it’s unfortunate that the association went on the attack and continues to claim they met with audit staff and declined to provide any responses to inquiries about the registry. According to Galloway, info contained in the auditor’s report was obtained from the Highway Patrol, which is responsible for administering the registry, on February 14th and May 23rd of this year. The purpose of the sex offender registry is to allow law enforcement, and local communities, a chance to keep track of offenders. Auditor Galloway’s office closed out their reply to the sheriffs’ association by saying, if the audit spurs officials to more accurately update and provide information to the public, then it will represent a positive result.