Over the past five years the Ohio eSORN program has grown as a template for the nation to follow. To date over 450,000 Ohio citizens have enrolled in the alert program that notifies someone when an offender moves within a mile of an address monitored by the Sheriff’s Office. In January the Federal Adam Walsh Act was enacted in Ohio. The Attorney General’s Office and the Ohio Sheriffs worked to ensure full compliance which required the sheriffs to temporarily suspend their Web Pages to ensure all offender information was properly displayed. The email alert system is made available through the cooperation of all 88 Sheriffs and the Attorney General’s Office. To enroll in the program go to your Sheriff’s website and enroll your home, work or children’s school address. You will then receive an email whenever an offender moves within a mile of the address you have specified. The sex offender Web Pages are once again fully operational. The public can access the website at www.mercercountysheriff.org. Sheriffs across Ohio work in conjunction with Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann to bring this cutting edge technology to the citizens. Ohio is unique in the fact that a close partnership has been built between the local sheriff’s office and the Attorney General’s Office. “By having this partnership, not only the people in Mercer County benefit, but the people all across Ohio benefit,” stated Sheriff Grey. Attorney General Marc Dann’s Office, the Ohio Sheriffs, and Watch Systems, LLC have worked closely to ensure that Ohio has the best sex offender management system in the country. “This recent data testing was to ensure complete, accurate, and timely information about sex offenders is delivered to our constituents,” stated Sheriff Grey. The public is encouraged to visit the sheriff’s website and the Ohio Attorney General website to view educational material about sex offenders, how to talk to your children about sex offenders, and to sign up for email notification when an offender moves into your neighborhood. The Ohio Attorney General and the Sheriffs of Ohio are going beyond the minimum to ensure the safety of our citizens. For more information contact the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office or visit them on the web. Jeff Grey Mercer County Sheriff 125 W. Livingston Street Celina, OH 45822 419-586-7724 www.mercercountysheriff.org
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