How to Find Sex Offender Information for Your Neighborhood
As parents, we feel strongly about our role as protectors of our children. Child safety is one of our top priorities. With requirements that have come about as a result of federal and state legislation and the ease of the searching on the Internet, parents have many resources available to them in their quest to keep children safe from neighborhood sex offenders.
State, County and City Law Enforcement Records Available
One resource available to us as parents is the ability to search on-line for paroled sex offenders who may be living in our communities. There are numerous resources on the Internet that can help parents identify neighborhood sex offenders. Doing a google search online will yield a large number of sites dedicated to identifying sex offenders in your community.
Although some of these sites require you to pay a fee, look for those that are free and that are linked to law enforcement or government websites. It can be easy to be drawn in by fear with sites that offer a wide range of fee-based services. There is no need to pay for information on paroled sex offenders living in your community. All the information is available without charge as part of the responsibilities of law enforcement agencies and the Department of Justice.
Your state department of public safety is one of the best places to find a sex offenders public registry. Paroled sex offenders are required to register with law enforcement in all 50 states. Although state-by-state requirements may be slightly different, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2007 established a national sex offender registry, among other provisions. If you google "National Sex Offender Registry" you will find the federal registry. The FBI also has the national sex offender registry on its site along with links to state-by-state registries.
City, county, and state law enforcement agencies provide information to the national registry. Sex offenders are generally grouped into three tiers by the sentencing court, corrections department, or the local law enforcement agency where the sex offender lives. Offenders in federal court are also given tier designations. If the offender is a Level 1, where the possibility of a repeat sexual offense is low, the local law enforcement agency will not include the offender's information in the public registry, although the offender is required to register.
Through the sex offenders public registry, you will be able to search for paroled sex offenders in your neighborhood or community. The search options on the websites include a search by name, if you are trying to check a particular individual, as well as a search by zip code, where you can see a map of locations where sex offenders live in your community. Once you select a specific location on the map, you will see a picture of the sex offender along with other information about the offense. You can also print copies for your neighborhood watch groups. Sex offender registries can provide important public warning and awareness for parents, schools, and day care providers.