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Mary­land Joins Of­fend­erWatch Net­work, statewide sys­tem for man­ag­ing reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers

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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/.

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ABOUT OF­FEND­ERWATCH

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.

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