Highway Patrol Tracks Sex Offenders for New Service
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Monday more than 1000 people have signed up for its new program that e-mails people within 24 hours if a registered sex offender changes his or her address.
People can sign up for two different alerts. You can receive an alert when a sex offender registers a home, work or school address anywhere from 500 feet to five miles of the address you enter. You can also track a specific sex offender by name. You can enter up to five addresses or sex offenders at a time, or you could choose to receive both types of alerts.
Missouri State Highway Patrol officials say the website started in 2004, but it has received many enhancements along the way.
"As we've gone along we've made it more user friendly," Missouri State Highway Patrol captain Tim Hull said.
Hull says the new program came about from some federal regulations.
"The Adam Walsh Act and also Megan's Law requires the notification of the people that have signed up for the alerts by e-mail," Hull said.
Hull says with Halloween right around the corner the timing of the new program couldn't be better, but it's not only for parents with young children.
"If you've got elderly parents you can put that address on there," Hull said.
People can register for the alerts at the Missouri State Highway Patrol website.