Fayette County Sheriff’s Office to launch “Offender Watch” website

FAYETTE COUNTY — Starting January 1, 2018 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office will launch a new sex offender registration and public notification website called “Offender Watch”.

According to Sheriff Chris Smith, the online-based service is linked to over 5,000 law enforcement agencies, with 40 plus in Illinois.

Smith says the site allows residents to search for potentially dangerous sex offenders that may be close to homes, schools, churches or businesses, and also has notification capabilities. Users can enter addresses into the site and will receive notifications if anyone listed as a sex offender moves into the vicinity.

“The program is part of our effort to reduce public anxiety by proactively informing residents if an offender should move nearby. The program also assists all law enforcement in ensuring that offenders are not in violation of their conditions,” said Smith. “The citizens of Fayette County have a right to know who may be living near them and could pose a threat to their families”.

The Fayette County law enforcement officers using Offender Watch will have the most up to date information on all offenders registered in their county and surrounding participating counties including Clay, Effingham, Marion, Montgomery and Shelby.

State law mandates sex offenders to register. They are charged $100 per year. Portions of the fee goes into programs like Offender Watch, so there is no cost to the tax payers and no cost to the citizens using this service.

You can find an Offender Watch link at fayettecountyillinois.org or at sheriffalerts.com.