Success Stories

Real stories about our law enforcement customers protecting the public from the unthinkable.

Sex Offender in Salt Lake City Found to Have Outstanding Warrant in Louisiana

Sex Offender in Salt Lake City Found to Have Outstanding Warrant in Louisiana

When Officer Slade Bailey of the Salt Lake City Police Department began to register a sex offender who had moved into his jurisdiction, he discovered the offender had previously been registered in several other states that also use the OffenderWatch network of registries. The offender also claimed to have resided in Louisiana for five years, but there was no record in the name he provided....

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SOR Disaster Preparation Checklist

SOR Disaster Preparation Checklist

Here is how to better prepare your sex offender registry for when disaster hits your community. Our law enforcement partners have taught us plenty about responding to disasters and monitoring registered sex offenders during a disruptive event.  From their experience, we have crafted a checklist to help registering agencies prepare for monitoring sex offenders who may become displaced during...

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Florida Joint Operation Leads to 26 Sex Offender Arrests for Illegal Online Activity

Florida Joint Operation Leads to 26 Sex Offender Arrests for Illegal Online Activity

The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office in Sebring, FL, and the United States Marshals Service, in conjunction with the Highlands Probation Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, conducted Operation Disconnect, which led to 37 arrests across Highlands County, FL. Of those arrested, 26 were registered sex offenders who were either banned from having internet...

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Working Together to Keep Offenders Registered

Working Together to Keep Offenders Registered

Leanna Ristow and Amy Heetland, both support specialists for Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, Washington, work together to maximize the full gamut of automated capabilities of OffenderWatch’s online sex offender registry software. They routinely gather all the data required by state and federal statutes, then pack the record with information useful to investigators. They collect the...

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Cumulative Offender Record Saves Agency Time & Money

Cumulative Offender Record Saves Agency Time & Money

When a sex offender made plans to relocate from Jacksonville County, Florida, to Dougherty County, Georgia, Sgt. Kerce in Dougherty County received an instant notification from OffenderWatch to be on the lookout for the offender. When the offender reported to the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office, instead of creating a new offender record from scratch, Sgt. Kerce conducted a national search for...

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OffenderWatch Helps Track Homeless Sex Offender

OffenderWatch Helps Track Homeless Sex Offender

OffenderWatch tracked more than 20,000 relocations last year of registered sex offenders as they change addresses across jurisdictions. Tracking homeless offenders is particularly challenging for law enforcement charged with verifying each sex offender’s address. This spring, a homeless sex offender registered in Oklahoma City, OK, informed Oklahoma City PD of his intention to move to Elko...

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OffenderWatch Improves Time, Accuracy, and Completeness of Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Updates to NCIC NSOR

OffenderWatch Improves Time, Accuracy, and Completeness of Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Updates to NCIC NSOR

The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (WDCI) is the statewide body that oversees more than 2,000 registered sex offenders in the state. Per federal law, every state must report their registered sex offenders to the national sex offender registry (NSOR) through the FBI National Crime Information Center (NCIC). “States are required to upload complete sex offender records within 72 hours,...

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Social Media Tip from Citizen Leads to Arrest of Sex Offender in Utah

Social Media Tip from Citizen Leads to Arrest of Sex Offender in Utah

Citizens are encouraged to submit tips about registered sex offenders through their local law enforcement or state sex offender registry website. OffenderWatch hosts public portals for law enforcement that make it easy for citizens to search for sex offenders in their neighborhood, register for email alerts should an offender move into their neighborhood, and submit tips about sex offenders....

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Non-Registering Offender Arrested in Arkansas 

Non-Registering Offender Arrested in Arkansas 

One benefit of being in the OffenderWatch Network is automatically receiving notifications when offenders move in or out of your jurisdiction. However, oftentimes agencies that are not using OffenderWatch do not know when offenders move into their jurisdiction—and thus sex offenders can fly “under-the-radar" for a period of time until communication catches...

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