Mesa Police Announce OffenderWatch

September 2, 2010

Police Chief Frank Milstead and the Mesa Police Department, announce they are one of the first Phoenix metro agencies to implement the OffenderWatch sex offender database. OffenderWatch allows agencies to collaborate and share information in order to provide law enforcement agencies information concerning sex offender movements, history and activities anywhere in the county or the State. In the near future, additional agencies in the metro area and throughout the state are expected to be on­line with OffenderWatch.

The OffenderWatch program implements an innovative electronic registration and inter-agency pre-registration and alerting system designed especially for Arizona processes - when an offender is registered with the Sheriff's Office, that information is immediately and electronically made available to the managing agency where the offender lives. Then, Mesa detectives will contact and interview the offender, verify their address, collect additional data, and arrange for the community notification. All data collected about the offender will now be housed in an electronic, internet accessible form, so any law enforcement officer whose agency is on-line with OffenderWatch will be able to access the record. Also, all data collected on the offender follows with him as he moves from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, enabling much more effective supervision by law enforcement.

The Mesa Police Department is also now making available on their web site, a citizen-friendly, very easy to use sex offender registry, enabling citizens to search for the presence of registered sex offenders in proximity to their homes, place of work, schools and daycares. This information will be accessible any time day or night via OffenderWatch. All partner agency databases are linked together, enabling seamless display of offenders from any jurisdiction in the County or region.

The OffenderWatch database will enable citizens anywhere in the City to view maps and register for notifications concerning offenders that live in areas that are of interest to the viewer. These notifications will be sent to the citizen via their e-mail address. They will be alerted if an offender should register an address within the preferred radius of the citizen's registered address. They can also be notified if a specific offender moves from his or her present address. Citizens may register as many addresses as they like, at no cost to them. These addresses can include homes, work addresses, parks, playgrounds, bus stops, etc.. The purpose of the program is to promote sex offender awareness by proactively alerting the citizens of Mesa should an offender move within close proximity to them.

Citizens can access the Mesa Police Department OffenderWatch Community Web Page 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the Mesa Police Department's web site at http://www.mesaaz.gov/police

 

 

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Mesa, AZ 85211

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