The Mahomet Police Department joined 5,000 law enforcement agencies with the launch of a new sex offender registration and public notification website this week.
Offender Watch is a citizen-friendly, easy to use website that enables citizens to search for potentially dangerous sex offenders and predators, which may be in close proximity to their homes, places of work, schools, churches and day care centers.
The information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is updated in real time by the Mahomet 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 up to 2 miles of that address. Citizens can then register the address to be continuously monitored by the Department, who will send to them an email alerting them if an offender or predator should register an address within the 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 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/predator move within proximity to them, and to provide the highest level of security and safety to all Mahomet citizens.
The program also enables the Department to verify that offender addresses do not violate any safety buffers that may be implemented around protected institutions in the country, such as schools, day cares and parks, and helps law enforcement schedule compliance check for verifying information provided by offenders.
Citizens can access the Offender Watch registry at the Mahomet Police Department sex offender search page at http://www.sheriffalerts.com/il/mahomet.