The world is a scary place, particularly for a parent.
It’s difficult enough worrying about all the trials and tribulations that come with being an adult. Yet, there are so many potential threats to children in this society. It is simply impossible to keep track of every danger that may be lurking just around the corner.
The Fulton and Williams County Sheriffs’ Offices is willing to help keep tabs on one of the more pressing menaces kids are facing today.
While those who are registered have served their time, and our legal system has afforded them a second chance, it’s difficult to imagine the urges that drive them are suddenly absent from their being. It’s important to know where these people are located, for a multitude of reasons.
Not only is such information essential in order to limit the potential exposure one’s children may have with offenders as much as possible, but it also provides a starting place in case a kid goes missing or an incident occurs. Fulton County Sheriff Roy Miller understands this better than most, which is why he is pushing a new program dedicated to sending those who sign up email updates on sex offenders in their area.
“I am committed to going beyond the minimum to assure the safety of your family.” Miller stated in a public message about the program. “That is why we provide the Offender Watch Program.”
Miller goes on to define the program as, “…a tool you can use to protect your children and to stay informed about offenders in your area.”
Putting this information in the hands of citizens allows for them to become a vital part of the process.
“With Offender Watch, you make the difference.” Claimed Miller.
The Fulton County Sheriff’s site also offers a map one can use to decipher the distance between themselves and registered sex offenders around them. All they need to do is enter in their own address, and the map does most of the work. Tips and safety advice for children are also available on the site.
Of course, Fulton County isn’t the only area to offer such services. Williams County residents can also request information by sent to them through the email program as well. In fact, if someone residing in Williams County were to register for the program on the Fulton County website, they would be redirected to the Williams County Sheriff’s site, already enlisted in the program.
To sign up, one need only visit the following web address: http://www.icrimewatch.net/register.php?AgencyID=55211
Once there, all one has to do is fill out the information requested, and they should receive a confirmation email within twenty-four hours.
While learning just how close sexual predators live to one’s own family can be a bit unsettling, having that data on hand is a vital tool in keeping their children safe. Ignorance does not equate to bliss when it comes to threats against kids. Without knowing who is registered in a given area, it would be too easy to let one of these offenders gain access to a child.
And that is a scary thought.
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