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February 19, 2008

Oswego County Sheriff Announces "Offender Watch" Program

Sheriff Reuel “Moe” Todd announced today that the Offender Watch software program is up and running on the Oswego County Sheriff’s Web site. The software enables residents to locate and be notified through e-mail when registered sex offenders move nearby.

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I—Pulaski) along with Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R,C—Macedon), Assemblyman Dave Townsend (R,C,I—Kirkland) and Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R,C,I— Gouverneur) provided funding for the Sheriff’s department to purchase the software in 2006. Todd said he is happy the software is now servicing county residents.

Offender Watch, the nation’s leading software to manage sex offenders’ whereabouts, will allow the Sheriff’s Office to enter a sex offender’s information into a database and monitor their movement throughout the county. The system will then notify residents who sign up for Offender Watch about the sex offender’s residence.

Sex offenders are classified as Level 1, 2 or 3, with a level 3 sex offender considered the most offensive. State law mandates that the public be notified when a sex offender moves into the area and, depending on the offense, the law requires it be divulged. The software enables the public to log in, enter an address of their home, school or neighborhood playground and receive notification if an offender moves into any of these areas.

“We’re grateful for all the Assembly members’ support and credit them and other representatives of Oswego County for making this service possible and making our communities safer through this program,” said Todd. “We encourage you to take advantage of the free email notification.”

“Registrants will be alerted if the offender’s address is: 1.) in Oswego County, and 2.) within one-mile of the address you have entered on your subscription,” said Todd. “New York is one of only 14 states to offer the Offender Watch program through www.sheriffalerts.com,”said Barclay.

“Oswego County is among the first, among a growing list of counties in New York, to offer the program to its residents. I was happy to provide legislative grant money to help our residents be safer,” said Barclay. “Offender Watch, in conjunction with our law enforcement community, enables parents, grandparents and caregivers to be proactive in protecting children and loved ones from sex offenders,” added Barclay.

“I have long been a proponent of any legislation or funding that helps law enforcement keep our most vulnerable citizens safe from sex offenders,” said Scozzafava. “Information sharing between law enforcement and communities is critical in preventing sex crimes and I am proud that Oswego County has the most up-to-date technology. I promise that Assemblymen Barclay, Oaks, Townsend and I will continue to fight for any tool that will help keep our neighborhoods safe from these predators,” Scozzafava added.

“The Offender Watch program is a great tool for law enforcement officials, giving them a big advantage in keeping track of our state’s sex offenders,” said Townsend. “The ability to utilize this program to track these sex offenders is unparalleled and quite necessary in today’s day and age, as sexual predators are more cunning than ever. I would like to congratulate Sheriff Todd for instituting this tracking system, which is making our families and communities safer,” added Townsend.

“I am pleased to be able to join my fellow Assembly members to present this program to the public. Offender Watch provides the resources my constituents have asked for—and an important tool for law enforcement officials to identify people who threaten their families safety,” said Oaks.

To access the site and subscribe to notifications, visit www.oswegocounty.com/sheriff.shtml and click on the Offender Watch link.

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