LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Sheriff’s Office and local police departments launched OffenderWatch®, a searchable online database with details on local sex offenders.
The site, icrimewatch.net, provides instant information on people convicted of crimes that require registration under the Sex Offenders Registration Act.
“Livingston County residents have a right to know who may be living near them and could potentially pose a threat to their families,” said Dougherty. “The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and local police departments using OffenderWatch® have the most up to date information on all offenders registered in Livingston County and I am happy to be able to provide that information to them.”
The Sheriff’s Office and local police departments will now be part of a nationwide network of over 5,000 law enforcement agencies. The online service is designed to be ‘citizen-friendly,’ easy to use and lets citizens to search for potentially dangerous sex offenders and predators who may be in close proximity to their homes, places of work, schools, churches and day care centers.
The information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is updated in real-time by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office as offender information changes and is reported. As part of this new, innovative service, citizens may enter any address of interest to them, and see a map and listing of all offenders within a user-defined radius of 0.25 miles out to 2 miles any address. Users can then register the address to be continuously monitored by the Sheriff’s Office, who will send to them an email alerting them if an offender should register an address within that specified radius from their address. Users may confidentially register as many addresses as they like at no cost.
Livingston County has also made available additional web based resources designed to educate and inform the public on ways to keep their families safe. The purpose of the program is to lessen the anxiety of citizens by proactively alerting them should an offender move within proximity to them, and to provide the highest level of security and safety to all Livingston County residents.
The program also enables the Sheriff’s Office and local police departments to verify that offender addresses do not violate any safety buffers that may be implemented around protected institutions in the county, such as schools, day cares and parks, and helps law enforcement schedule compliance checks for verifying information provided by offenders.