The mission of each police department is to provide the highest level of public safety possible. A key strategy of that mission is to take every opportunity to educate the public and provide information that allows each citizen to make smart, educated decisions regarding the safety of their families. It has always been my goal to find innovative and efficient ways to deliver public safety services that exceed the letter as well as the spirit of the law in support of our mission. There is no issue that consistently rates as a high public concern as the issue of sex offenders living in and among our communities. It is the responsibility of every local police department to not only monitor sex offenders, but provide information to the public by way of a proactive dissemination plan regarding who these offenders are, the offenses for which they were previously convicted and where they may be located in our respective communities. As the rate that information available to law enforcement and the public constantly changes, it is also critical that that information be provided in as near as real time as is possible making it even more important that every local law enforcement agency communicate as efficiently and effectively as possible to deliver reliable, accurate and timely information to the citizens that they are sworn to protect. Today, we join over 4,500 national law enforcement agencies in leveraging an innovative program known as OffenderWatch as a key component of our mission and overall strategy in keeping our residents informed in order to enhance public safety. OffenderWatch is an online registration and monitoring system made up of a national network of law enforcement professionals. As offenders move from community to community, as they do so often, each agency in the management chain is notified in real time through the OffenderWatch monitoring system. The public can also search any number of locations and sign up to receive email notifications when offenders relocate in their neighborhoods. As our colleagues across the country have discovered, OffenderWatch allows us to bring our citizens a higher level of public safety in a way that is both efficient as well as fiscally responsible.
Anyone can sign up for real time notifications by going to chelseapolice.com and clicking on to “Resources” and then scroll down to Sex Offender Info to sign up.