What happens when a registered sex offender moves several times in a year? Many agencies find it difficult to keep track of offenders moving in and out of their jurisdiction numerous times, especially when information about the offender is delayed from the previous agency.
Over the years, a registered offender from Whatcom County, Washington, moved multiple times within county lines. Recently, the offender left the state and moved to the jurisdiction of another OffenderWatch Network agency in Payette County, Idaho. Since both county’s law enforcement agencies are fully integrated in our extensive network, they easily shared their data files on the offender and notified the receiving county of the move to prevent the offender from slipping through the cracks.
Upon each relocation, OffenderWatch-partnered agencies can instantly import an offender’s comprehensive file that includes the subject’s historical information, relevant photographs, important documents, and investigative notes relating to their conviction. By using this network of registries, the offender’s record follows the offender, and both agencies save a significant amount of time and effort potentially wasted on duplicated research and tracking.
Whenever a registered offender moves to a new area, partnered agencies who utilize OffenderWatch’s database can instantly access the necessary files to prevent an offender from eluding his or her statutory requirements and to keep their communities safe.