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OffenderWatch seeks to keep public safe during Halloween holiday

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CORPUS CHRISTI -

There are several ways to check the city of Corpus Christi for registered sex offenders.

The OffenderWatch Network is the most extensive sex offender registry system in the U.S., working with more than 3,400 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in 36 states.

Founded in 2000 in Covington, La. under the Watch Systems company, OffenderWatch has expanded to include data on registered sex offenders from 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.

The network delivers greater efficiency with technology, policy, and procedure regarding sex offender monitoring and community notification.

"The employee here that is responsible for maintaining accurate information for the registered sex offenders in Corpus Christi says she finds this website to be valuable," said CCPD Lt. J.C. Hooper.

There are more than 90,000 registered sex offenders in Texas, and sheriff’s offices and police departments across the state have partnered with OffenderWatch, the nation’s leading sex offender registry network.

In the midst of the Halloween tradition to dress up and trick-or-treat door-to-door, local law enforcement wants to make sure the community is aware of online resources available to them in order to keep families safe.

One purpose of the sex offender monitoring and alerting program is to provide Texas citizens with proactive alerts and real-time updates when an offender registers or moves within a specified radius of their address.

The service is available at no cost to the public with confidential and unlimited address registrations – home, school, work, gym, daycare, park, soccer field, or any address of interest.

The statistics for Corpus Christi are as follows:

  • 1,131 sex offenders in the area
  • 1,092 are active with a required/confirmed location
  • 27 are not adhering to their registration requirements.

The public can access the free OffenderWatch sex offender registry in the above counties by visiting here.

Citizens can click on their county link to “Search for Offenders in Your Area” and follow the instructions to check their neighborhood and sign up to receive free email alerts.

"We've had a real good history of keeping our children safe, keeping our children safe during this celebration that is called Halloween," Lt. Hooper reminded KRIS 6 as he knocked on wood.

Hooper also wanted to remind people that sex offenders are known threats, so parents need to be vigilant of things that are more unpredictable like tainted candy or traffic. 

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