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Maryland Joins OffenderWatch Network, statewide system for managing registered sex offenders
Maryland Joins OffenderWatch Network, Statewide System for Managing Registered Sex Offenders All Maryland Law Enforcement to Share Data, Easily Collaborate on Investigations through New Technology, Residents Can Sign Up for Free Alerts
BALTIMORE (June 22, 2020) — Maryland in April became the 21st state in the U.S. to join the OffenderWatch sex offender registry network through statewide implementation, which allows law enforcement agencies to save thousands of hours in administrative time and improve investigations with accurate, detailed record keeping. The implementation of OffenderWatch will help Maryland agencies work more efficiently to manage offenders at the local, state and federal levels.
Every Maryland law enforcement agency that manages or accesses registered sex offender data, including sheriff’s offices, police departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will be able to collaborate on sex offender records, aid each other in investigations, and easily share notifications with the public. Maryland residents can also sign up for free email alerts when a registered sex offender moves into their neighborhood.
Sign up for free alerts when a registered sex offender moves into your neighborhood on the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services website: http://www. socem.info/.
There are nearly 900,000 registered sex offenders in the United States. Many states have different systems for tracking these offenders, making it difficult for agencies to update records when offenders cross state lines. OffenderWatch works with law enforcement agencies to provide registry software and tools to easily communicate information to the public. Founded in 2000 in Covington, La. under the Watch Systems company, OffenderWatch provides a variety services to sheriffs’ offices, police departments, Attorney Generals’ offices, U.S. Marshal judicial districts, U.S. attorneys, federal and state probation and parole agents, department of corrections, Indian tribes, and more. In 2018, OffenderWatch partnered with the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police in Canada to manage the Canadian National Sex Offender Registry. In 2019, OffenderWatch launched a new, groundbreaking technology, OffenderWatch Safe Virtual Neighborhood. The mobile app identifies online contact from registered sex offenders through a child’s smartphone device, instantly alerting parents to the communication. Learn more at OffenderWatch.com.