Lincoln Police Department announces new sex offender notification
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[March 13, 2012]
On Monday, Chief Ken Greenslate and the
Lincoln Police Department announced the launch of a new sex offender
registration and public notification website called OffenderWatch.
This citizen-friendly, easy-to-use website enables 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.
Detective Sgt. Paul Adams initiated, implemented and will
administrate the new service that will enable the citizens of
Lincoln to access the website. Lincoln will now be part of a
nationwide network of over 5,000 law enforcement agencies, which
includes over half of Illinois’ law enforcement agencies.
information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is
updated in real time by the Lincoln Police Department 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 that address (from
one-fourth mile out to two miles). Citizens can then register the
address to be continuously monitored by the website, which will send
them an email alerting them if an offender or predator should
register an address within their specified radius of their address.
Citizens may confidentially register as many addresses as they like,
at no cost to them.
The department 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 or predator move
within proximity to them, and to provide the highest level of
security and safety to all Lincoln citizens.
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The program also enables police to verify that offender addresses
do not violate any "safety buffers" that may be implemented around
protected institutions in the city, such as schools, day cares and
parks, and helps law enforcement schedule compliance checks for
verifying information provided by offenders.
Citizens can access the
OffenderWatch registry at the Lincoln
Police Department sex offender search page through a link on the
department website, http://www.lincolnpolice.us/.
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