Sheriff encourages pertinent info for new year

Authored by Jim Langham on Dec 26, 2012

Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg has developed an offender watch program that is updated on the minute these days as such information as the location of sex offenders comes into his office.
Rekeweg said that much of the public will update the status of such offenders periodically but that, offenders move around frequently and changing the Adams County list every day is a good idea.
“Offenders move frequently, so instead of having to check the maps on a weekly basis, the best way to stay informed is to take advantage of the sheriff department’s free email alert system,” said Rekeweg. “You may confidentially register as many addresses in the county as you wish, and we will continue to monitor the addresses and inform you if a new offender registers an address within one mile of any address you register.”
Rekeweg said that there is no cost for the service and no limit to the number of addresses you can register.
Rekeweg noted that all email addresses and physical addresses remain confidential.
OffenderWatch is the national leading registered sex offender management and community notification tool with hundreds of leading agencies in dozens of states utilizing it.
Rekeweg said that Adams County’s law enforcement monitors and manages the whereabouts, conduct and compliant status of the registered offenders in Adams County.
“OffenderWatch is updated instantaneously throughout the day as offender addresses and other offender information is updated in our office,” said Rekeweg. “You may enter any address in the county and see real-time information on the published offenders within the specified radius that you enter.”
The sheriff noted that those registering may do so with home, school, work, gyms, daycare, parks, playing fields or any addresses pertinent to the child’s whereabouts.
In addition, Rekeweg suggested the following advice for parents concerning protection of their children:
_ Take responsibility
_ Build self-esteem
_ Teach decision-making
_ Build support systems
_ Choose substitute caregivers carefully
_ Protect kids who are home alone
_ Talk with children, but don’t frighten them
_ Be sensitive
_ Talk with children
_ Use role playing
_ Let kids be kids
For further information, contact the Adams County Sheriff Department at 260-724-5345 or contact tkrueckeberg@co.adams.in.us.

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