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Monday, 27 January 2014 23:39

Sheriff Launches Sex Offender Notification Site

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Ever wonder if any registered sex offenders live near your home, office, or childrens' school?

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department has launched a new sex offender registration and public notification website known as “Offender Watch.”

Sheriff Adam Christianson says the site is citizen-friendly and allows visitors to search for sex offenders and predators who may be in close proximity to their homes, work, schools or churches.

“People have a right to know which offenders may be living near them, who potentially pose a threat to their families. We’re happy to be able to provide that information, ”Christianson said.
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The information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The website is updated in real-time by the department as offender information changes and is reported.

As part of this new, innovative service, people may enter any address of interest to see a map and a listing of all offenders within a user defined radius.

Residents may also confidentially register their address and be updated if a sex offender registers an address within the user’s specified radius.

Offender Watch also enables the Sheriff’s Department to verify that offender addresses do not violate any safety buffers that may be implemented around protected institutions such as schools, daycare facilities and parks. It also helps law enforcement schedule compliance checks, verifying information provided by offenders.

More than 5,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide use Offender Watch, including 45 in California.
The community can access the Offender Watch registry at http://www.sheriffalerts.com/ca/stanislaus.
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  • Guest - Seriously?

    This sounds like exactly what is already (and has been for a very long time) available on the Megan's Law website. As such, it appears to be duplication of services and a waste of money. If there are substantial differences, would the reporter please compare the sites and point them out.

  • Guest - Taxpayer

    How is Offender Watch different from the Megan's Law site? The Megan's Law site has been available for a very long time (since about 2004), and this "new innovative service" sounds like exactly the same thing. If so, it is a duplication of services and a waste of taxpayer dollars. If there are substantial differences, would the reporter please point them out?

  • Guest - Worse than the last site

    The other site showed all the offenders that lived near us. Now it just shows one guy, with no available photo, and no details about what his crime/crimes were. Looks more modern but does absolutely nothing to inform us of potential local rapists and pedos.

  • Guest - Taxpayer

    The California Megans Law site is still available. You can search by zipcode, name, address, city, county, parks, or schools.

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