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FDLE Launches Spanish Translation of Sex Offender/Predator Registry Web Site

2/15/2007
 
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey today unveiled enhancements to the state's Sex Offender/Predatory Registry Web site which now for the first time allows users to view the site in Spanish. Florida is the first state in the country to provide full sex offender/predator information on the Web in both English and Spanish.

"FDLE's registry is one of the most publicly accessed areas of our Web site and we're committed to putting in place the best tools available to maximize that access," said Commissioner Bailey. "Citizens rely on having accurate and updated information available to them to make educated decisions about their safety and the safety of their families."

FDLE partnered with Trusted Translations, Inc., a leading English to Spanish translation agency, to make all the information on the Sex Offender/Predator Web site, www.flsexoffender.net, also available to users in Spanish. The state's Sex Offender/Predator Web site averages more than 500,000 searches per month.
In recent years FDLE has expanded the Web site to include additional reference information, links to out of state registries and photographs of absconders. In 2005, the Department added a neighborhood search function that allows users to enter any address in Florida and search the registry for sexual offender/predator registrants within a one to five mile radius. It also generates maps of where each sex offender and predator resides. Last year, FDLE launched a new feature that provides information on vehicles and/or vessels registered to sexual offenders/predators.

"Florida has made it a priority to ensure that citizens can readily obtain information about registered sexual offenders and predators," said Governor Charlie Crist. "Putting the Web site in the Spanish language will reach an even broader population of our state and is another step forward on what is a continuing journey and ongoing commitment to make Florida a safer place."

Through the Public Safety Information Act of 1997, Florida became the first state to list sexual offenders and predators on the Internet and to make the same information available through a 24-hour/day hotline. Florida is the only state to have received an A+ rating by the national child advocacy group Parent's for Megan's Law for its comprehensive registration and community notification programs. The FDLE Sex Offender/Predator Registry currently houses data on more than 40,000 registered sex offenders and predators. Citizens can learn more about the registry by visiting www.flsexoffender.net or by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-888-357-7332.