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December, 2014
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 Sex Offender Tracking Available On-line.

New Sheriff’s Office program one of the first in the state.

Have you ever wondered if a registered sex offender is living in your neighborhood? Or have you wondered whether your child is walking past a home where a sex offender is living on her way to school? A new web-based sex offender site is up on the Thurston County Sheriff’s web pages, which allows you to get information on registered sex offenders living in the county. This is the latest part of an ongoing program at the Sheriff’s Office to protect the public from predatory offenders.

Over the last two years, the Sheriff has implemented several steps to improve the monitoring of registered sex offenders. These include quarterly registration days where all level two and three offenders must show up in person to verify their address. Transient offenders must show up every Monday at the Sheriff’s Office to list where they have been staying. In 2007, the Sheriff’s Office started issuing “Wanted Sex Offender” press bulletins and partnered with the State Department of Corrections to apprehend registered sex offenders who have outstanding arrest warrants as part of “Operation Crackdown”.

In addition, Sheriff’s officials have been working with the State Department of Corrections, using their Global Positioning Satellite tracking system on offenders under mutual supervision to determine if transients are being truthful in reporting their whereabouts and if not, arresting them. All of these efforts have resulted in a reduction in the number of registered offenders in the county from a high of 700 in 2005 to about 680 currently.

The Sheriff’s Office new website is hosted by OffenderWatch® through a contract with the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (W.A.S.P.C.) to provide this service throughout the state. Thurston County is one of the first to use the system and allow the public to access it.

The Sheriff’s Office utilizes OffenderWatch® to manage and monitor the whereabouts, conduct, and compliance status of the registered offenders in Thurston County. You can enter any address in the county and see real-time information on the publishable offenders within a one-mile radius of the address that is entered.

All of these efforts, in combination, help increase the ability to monitor these offenders, provide efficiencies in how the services are performed, and help uncover timely information so offenders who violate can be prosecuted.

You can access the searchable sex offender database by visiting the Sheriff’s Alerts page on the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office web site.

By John Snaza

The offender mapping program is now available. The offender mapping program is now available.