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Florida Offender Alert System Celebrates Second Anniversary

 
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s (FDLE) Florida Offender Alert System (FOAS) today marked its second anniversary. More than 104,000 individuals have signed up for this free service, which notifies subscribers about sexual offender and predator address changes. Since its March 2008 launch, approximately 600 new subscribers have been added each week and more than two million e-mails have been sent notifying citizens about address changes.

“Every Florida family should subscribe to receive these alerts,” said Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “It is so important to be aware of your surroundings and to know your community. The alert system ensures you are quickly and directly notified about sexual predator and offender address changes.”

The FOAS sends an e-mail alert to subscribers when a registered sexual offender or predator moves into a neighborhood or near any other location designated by the user, such as a school, workplace, daycare, or home. The FOAS also enables citizens to receive alerts when a specific predator or offender reports a change in address. Citizens may select an unlimited number of addresses and/or offenders and predators to track, and can update their selections at any time. The FOAS will send e-mail notifications within 24 to 48 hours of an address change to the state’s registry.

The FOAS is offered at no charge through FDLE’s Web Site at www.flsexoffender.net and on many local law enforcement agencies’ Web sites throughout the state. Citizens are encouraged to visit their local law enforcement agency’s Web site first to register for alerts and access local safety information.

FDLE encourages citizens to use the Neighborhood Search feature on the site prior to signing up for alerts to obtain a listing of registered sexual offenders and predators currently living in their communities.

For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith, Kristen Chernosky or Mike Morrison
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001