Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Launches “OffenderWatch”

Here’s a press release for a new program to track sex offenders. Get the original press release here.

Sheriff Babeu and staff announce they are now live with their electronic OffenderWatch registered sex offender registration, management and community notification program. OffenderWatch will enable the Sheriff and all police departments and other management professionals such as the Courts, County Attorney’s Office, Probation and the US Marshal, to collaborate and share information in order to provide all law enforcement agencies all the information concerning sex offender movements, history and activities anywhere in the county or the state. Pinal County joins 15 other agencies in Arizona using OffenderWatch, and soon, all agencies in the state are expected to be on-line.

The Arizona customized OffenderWatch program implements an innovative electronic registration and inter-agency pre-registration and alerting system designed especially for Arizona processes – when an offender is registered by the Sheriff’s Office, that information is immediately and electronically made available to the police department where the offender lives – this can save agencies several weeks previously spent waiting on paper forms. After the registration, Pinal County detectives or the Police Department detectives, will contact and interview the offender, verify their address, collect additional data, arrange the community notification, and verify the address does not violate a safety buffer – all these services are now automated and streamlined within OffenderWatch, saving all agencies substantial amounts of time.

All data collected about an offender, is now housed in an electronic, internet accessible form, so any law enforcement officer who needs the information about the offender, or has information to share with other jurisdictions, can access the record. Also, all data collected on the offender now follows with him as he moves from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, enabling much more effective supervision and prosecution by law enforcement. This electronic record with full historical profile will replace data contained in dozens of file cabinets by the various agencies who have collected data on the offender, that cannot be shared or exported.

The Pinal County Sheriff is also now making available on their web site, a citizen-friendly, very easy to use, sex offender registry, enabling citizens to search for the presence of registered sex offenders in proximity to their homes, place of work, schools and day cares. All partner agency databases using OffenderWatch in the county are linked together, enabling seamless display of offenders from any jurisdiction in the county or region.

The OffenderWatch database will enables citizens anywhere in the county (PROVIDED THEIR JUSRISDICTION IS PARTICIPATING) to see maps and get notifications concerning offenders near any address important to them. Citizens may enter any address of interest to them, and see a map and listing of offenders within their preferred radius of that address. Then, they may confidentially register the address to be continuously monitored by the agency, who will send to them a free email alerting them if an offender or predator should register an address within their preferred radius of their registered address. Usually, citizens will register their homes, work addresses, parks, playgrounds, bus stops or other addresses of interest to them.

Citizens may also confidentially register to be notified if a specific offender who they wish to track, moves from his present address. Citizens may register as many addresses as they like, at no cost to them. The purpose of the program is to lessen the anxiety of citizens by proactively alerting them should an offender move within proximity to them.

Parents will find the neighborhood mapping to be convenient and helpful, as they decide what neighborhoods and/or homes to avoid. Citizens can simply enter an approximate address in the middle of a neighborhood, and view maps and lists of offenders with a radius ranging from .25 miles out to 2 miles.

Citizens can access the Pinal County Sheriff’s OffenderWatch Community Web Page 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week at the Pinal Sheriff’s web site at http://pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/Sheriff/ or at various other web sites that will link to the Pinal County Sheriff’s OffenderWatch Community Web Page.

OffenderWatch is provided by Watch Systems from Covington, LA. Already implemented statewide in 13 states, there are currently over 1000 jurisdictions in 39 states using OffenderWatch to electronically register offenders, submit timely and accurate data to the state registry, calendar and manage their offenders, and make effective community notifications and alert. www.watchsystems.com or contact Mark A Wilson, VP, for more information 225-241-3594 or mwilson@watchsystems.com

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About Jeff

Long time volunteer in the San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area of Arizona.

Posted on December 15, 2010, in From The PCSO, In the news and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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