01/02/2009: "SJC Sex Offender Watch"
The public may now use the web to determine if there are sex offenders in their community. Sheriff Bill Cumming announced the new web-based program called “Offender Watch,” and stated it will assist law enforcement in tracking all registered sex offenders and kidnapping offenders to enhance monitoring in San Juan County, and throughout Washington State.
Offender Watch provides a user-friendly sex offender website enabling community members to search a county-wide and statewide database of Level II and Level III registered sex offenders. The program will also include Level I registered sex offenders who are currently transient.
Citizens may enter any address of interest and see a map and listing of offenders within one mile of that address. They may also register that address and receive an e-mail alert if an offender should register as residing within one mile of that address.
Community members may register as many addresses as they like at no cost to them. All information is confidential. Offender Watch can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office website at http://www.sheriffalerts.com/cap_main.php?office=54484 .
Developed by Watch Systems LLC in Louisiana, the Offender Watch software is being used by over 400 agencies in 31 states. The program is expected to be used throughout Washington State. “One of the best ways to prevent crime is public awareness and education”, says Sheriff Cumming. “This program will provide information to assist in our efforts to keep our community safe.”