FAMILIES WILL HAVE MORE INFORMATION TO HELP
TRACK SEXUAL PREDATORS
Tom Gallagher, Florida’s chief financial officer, and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey today announced that Florida’s families for the first time will have access to information to help them identify sexual predators’ vehicles via the state’s sex offender web site. The nearly 39,000 offenders currently listed on the site have victimized children as well as adults and the elderly. Gallagher suggested the enhanced search feature at a Cabinet meeting last June.
“This enhancement will empower Floridians with greater information about the people who live in their neighborhoods so that our children, our seniors and our loved ones can be informed and protected,” Gallagher said.
Gallagher today also urged
FDLE to pursue establishing a system that would
allow Floridians, free of charge, to receive a
notification when a sexual predator or offender
registers an address within a certain distance
from their home or other address such as their
child’s college apartment or dormitory or a
nursing home where a parent is receiving care.
Gallagher said he is aware that some private
vendors provide a similar service, but often do
so for a fee.
Of the 39,000 offenders
listed on the web site, currently about 25,000
are still alive and living outside of prison,
and about 18,000 have registered vehicles or
vessels, according to FDLE.