Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office News Release - August 13, 2012
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office was recognized as the Most Improved Law Enforcement Agency in the Nation for communites of 50,001-200,000 for saturation growth of households enrolled in the Sex Offender Alert Notification system from June 2011 through July 2012.
The award was presented to Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Robinson during the "Sex Offender Registry Innovations Conference" held in New Orleans last week. The conference was coordinated by WatchSystems who is the provider of OffenderWatch, a sex offender tracking system, to many of the states. The conference is designed to bring law enforcement officials charged with monitoring and maintaining a sex offender registry , from all over the United States, together to learn about current and pending legislation, court cases, technology changes and sharing best practices in the ongoing maintenance of a sex offender registry.
One of the key componts of the sex offender registry is keeping the public informed of who is currently on the registry and where they are living, working or going to school This award recognizes the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office and their efforts to make the citizens of Vanderburgh County aware of the registry and getting citizens enrolled to receive electronic alerts of sex offender registrations that may affect them in their neighborhoods. From 2011-2012, Vanderburgh County, in our popluation class, saw the greatest increase in households enrolled in the notifcation system nationwide.
Sheriff Eric Williams said, "The sheriff's office increased the local enrollment by telling our citizens about the service, using every method we could. We used the news media, social media and word of mouth. Our progress this year was excellent, but there are still many households not enrolled that should be enrolled. The challenge now is to keep the growth going for the following year. Our goal, now that we are the most improved, we now want to have the overall highest saturation of enrolled households."
Anyone interested in enrolling to receive email alerts can go to www.icrimewatch.net/indiana.php or a link can be found on the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office website at www.VanderburghSheriff.com