Those areas, Rouse said, include keeping up with offenders who tend to move on a regular basis and who often deliberately try to evade registration and law enforcement. While Alabama’s law enforcement agencies claim they settlement agents perth are doing a good job of enforcing the state’s community notification act, Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale said unless a strong emphasis is placed on enforcement, the state could be in danger of not knowing the whereabouts of several thousand convicted sex offenders.
If a county or a community is working out of a file drawer, and they’re not double checking on where these convicted sex offenders move or if they’re just too busy to worry about it, then that community is in danger of losing track of (sex offenders),” Hale said. Trussville Police Chief Don Sivley said the current law doesn’t allow police departments to adequately track sex offenders.
Birmingham knows about Birmingham’s sex offenders, Jefferson County knows about its sex offenders. We know about ours, but Irondale doesn’t know about ours and Leeds doesn’t know about ours and vice versa. With only a half-dozen or so sex offenders in Trussville, Sivley said, the department is able to keep track of the sex offenders living within its jurisdiction.
But he thinks it would be more difficult in a city like Birmingham that has hundreds of offenders. There’s no telling how many of those are lost between the cracks,” Sivley said. Hale said his office has been proactive in keeping up with sex offenders, mainly due to a specialized computer database system that allows them to have accurate data on all offenders. The software was created by Watch Systems, a mapping and geographic information systems company based in Louisiana.
Hale has made the software available to every police department in Jefferson County that wants it. The software allows law enforcement agencies to maintain a detailed database of convicted sex offenders, including addresses, convictions, photographs and other information. The system is more efficient, Hale said, than trying to maintain old paper files in filing cabinets.
Through the combination of a full-time sex offender coordinator and the computer software, Hale has what he calls a “one-man army” against sex offenders. My belief was even one convicted sex offender unaccounted for was just not right,” Hale said, “That was a threat to the community.