Sex Offender in Your Neighborhood? Find Out Where

These days, finding out where convicted sex offenders live is as simple as a  click of a mouse. And the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office just added one more tool in such a search.

“Offender Watch,” which you can check out for yourself at the sheriff’s office’s web site, keeps tabs on all registered sex and/or kidnapping offenders, and allows you to search through their compiled list. You can also search an address and get a map of all the offenders in a two mile radius.

Here’s perhaps the most useful part of the new program. You can get emailed anytime a new offender comes into that two mile area.

The system was developed by Watch Systems in Louisiana, and is being used in 31 states by 400 agencies, the sheriff’s office said.

The database will include homeless level 1 sex offenders (they are considered the least likely to re-offend) and all level 2 and level 3 sex offenders, who are classified by the sheriff’s office as having a higher likelihood to re-offend (3 being the highest).

The Washington State Sex Offender Information Center also allows the public to search for sex offenders, by the way.

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