HELENA, Mont. (Feb. 28, 2019) – The Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) is the first law enforcement agency in Montana to adopt OffenderWatch, the nation’s leading sex offender registry network. With more than 900,000 registered sex offenders in the United States, and more than 2,700 registered sex offenders in Montana, LCSO and the Helena Police Department now have access to the OffenderWatch Network to help better manage registered sex offenders, communicate with other law enforcement agencies, and notify the public.

“OffenderWatch will help us and the Helena Police Department improve our investigations, improve our sex offender management systems, and provide real-time notifications to the public,” said Sheriff Leo Dutton of the LCSO. “We’re excited to be the first agency in Montana to adopt the ground-breaking OffenderWatch technology.”

Through the partnership, online resources are available to educate and inform the public on ways to keep neighborhoods safe. One purpose of the sex offender monitoring and alerting program is to provide Lewis & Clark county citizens with proactive alerts and real-time updates when an offender registers or moves within a specified radius of their address. The service is available at no cost to the public with confidential and unlimited address registrations—home, school, work, gym, day care, park, or any address of interest.

The public can access the FREE OffenderWatch sex offender registry at the following link:
• Lewis & Clark County: http://sheriffalerts.com/cap_main.php?office=56579