05/24/2016

Sheriff Encourages Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers to Sign Up for Registered Offender Notification Alerts

Sheriff Encourages Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers to Sign Up for Registered Offender Notification Alerts

 

With schools throughout the county now dismissed for summer break, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind parents, grandparents, daycare operators and others about their easy to use offender notification program.

“A lot of people have the misconception that Kansas law prohibits registered offenders from living near schools, parks, daycares and swimming pools,” according to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves. 

“Unfortunately that’s not the case, and since - especially this time of year - many kids ride their bikes around town, visit friends, stay with their grandparents or attend a daycare, we want to provide information about those other locations to parents so they can keep their families safe.”

 “One way our office tries to help inform parents is by providing the OffenderWatch Program.  This program allows anyone to easily register as many addresses as they want us to monitor and if a publicly registered sex, drug or violent offender moves anywhere within a two-mile radius of that address, we will send out an email notification,” continued Sheriff Groves.

“We use the registration fees collected from the offenders to fund this program, making it free for citizens in our community to use,” concluded Groves.

To sign up, residents can visit the Sheriff’s Office website at: www.cherokeecountykssheriff.com and click on the “Registered Offenders” tab.

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