COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Colorado Bureau of Investigations has announced a new online tool where you can track sex offenders in your neighborhood.
Capping a two-year project, the sex offender registry search and mapping applications went live in May 2014 and were upgraded to allow for users of any device to access the site.
A notification module was added to allow users to be notified if a sex offender moves into zip code areas they have added to their "Watch List". Users are now notified via email on a weekly basis of changes that occur once they have registered for notifications.
The overhauled Colorado Sex Offender site also offers images of the sex offenders as well as detailed conviction information.
"Changes to the website will provide visitors with a robust resource to access Colorado's sex offender information," said CBI Director Ron Sloan. "The dedication of the team working to make this project a reality has enhanced this valuable tool to increase public safety throughout the state."
|Sex offender website highlights:|
|· Expanded geographical search capabilities|
· Customized email notifications about a specific sex offender or by zip code
· Ability to search by an alias
· Easily accessible fugitive sex offender information
· Designed to be easily accessible on any computer, tablet or smartphone
Currently, some sex offenders' conviction information only relays the generic charge of sexual assault associated with the record. The new site will allow visitors to see specific convictions such as lewd acts on a child or sexual assault by a person in a position of trust.
"To be involved in a project that impacts the safety of our state and communities is very rewarding," said Fred Sargeson, Colorado Interactive General Manager. "We were thrilled to be part of the team delivering this important technology for the citizens of Colorado."
This effort was funded through two parties: the Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant through the Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) Office and Colorado Interactive.
Implementation of the new website has ensured the state is in compliance with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), which is Title 1 of the Adam Walsh Act.