Sex offenders may be considered the bane of society that they are required to be registered. But not all of them are as compliant which then puts communities at risk. As result, law enforcement and other agencies in charge of public safety are observing proactive measures to ensure that they have updated information on these offenders, keeping them a step ahead.
Adam Kirhagis and Christine Mullin discuss the importance of data and collaboration to catch these individuals. Adam was a Detective Sergeant at the Baltimore Police Department where he supervised the sex offender registry and investigation of crimes against children. He is currently with OffenderWatch, a tech-based organization that streamlines sex offender registry and integrates with various networks for a more comprehensive search capability. Christine is a Sex Offender Compliance Investigator for the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. Her 23-year career had her working as a trooper and criminal investigator.
Topics they discussed in this session are:
- Instances where the sex offender did not show up for an appointment.
- The probable reasons why sex offenders fail to register.
- What the Sex Offender Registry (SOR) Unit typically does and the due diligence involved to bring these individuals into compliance.
- Tips on how to ensure offenders are compliant and do not fail to register.
- The three types of data that are typically collected for sex offender registries, the information that must be noted in case management, collecting offender data for support and accountability purposes, and the other entities that can benefit from this.
- Cases where the sex offender is willfully non-compliant.
- Verifying offender data and utilizing data source partners to obtain information that can provide accurate information and leads to the offender.
- Preparing a warrant for failure to registry, getting to the offender, and arresting the offender for non-compliance.
- Dealing with absconding sex offenders and expanding into a multi-agency investigation that may include federal resources.
- Utilizing the USMS National Sex Offender Tracking Center (NSOTC) to inform the feds of the absconded sex offender.
- Leveraging US Marshals and ICE for reinforcement with the leads and search.
- Conducting compliance operations to find all sex offenders
- The different databases and resources in the local, state, and federal level that can be searched.
- Step-by-step guidelines on how to prepare and conduct a field initiative.
- How data gathered through the SOR and OffenderWatch can be valuable in child abduction cases.
- Case studies were presented showing the value of a comprehensive sex offender data collection and using OffenderWatch as a force multiplier in resolving non-compliant and absconding sex offender scenarios as well as large scale compliance operations and child abduction cases.
Questions from the audience were about:
- OffenderWatch’s integration with the FBI’s N-Dex, CAD mapping, and other state and regional networks.
- The working relationship between law enforcement and probation and how this aids with registration issues.
- Whether internet and international sex offenders are included in OffenderWatch’s database network.
- The most common reasons for failure to register and non-compliance.
In the webinar, you’ll learn:
- What is the best way for the local registry staff to work with neighboring jurisdictions as well as State, US Marshals, NCMEC, and Probation?
- What data in the sex offender registry is useful to investigators? How do investigators want to receive data from the SOR unit, such as internet identifiers, physical addresses, affiliations, MO, images, tips from the public, reports, maps, and investigative notes?
- How can investigators get direct access to registry investigative tools and share information securely between state, local and federal agencies?
Resources and Handouts
- “How easy it can be to collaborate if someone just would just reach out.” — Chelsea
- “Reinforcement of the need for law enforcement, corrections and other agencies need to work together to keep society safe.” — Chris
- “Gather information from each encounter (no matter how brief) because you never know what information will be relevant.” — Denise
- “I enjoyed learning about the different tools and processes regarding locating sex offenders.” — Desiree
- “This is the best webinar I have attended. Lots of great information without a lot of fluff. Thank you for presenting the contact information to gain access and to be able to outreach to more jurisdictions when it comes to tracking or locating those offenders who have absconded.” — David
- “Very Interesting presentation, I liked it very much…” — Felicia Ann
- “It was informative to learn just exactly everything that is looked at during a compliance check. I enjoyed this presentation very much, and found it incredibly helpful, and relevant to my job.” — KATELYN