Registered sex and kidnapping offenders
On April 27, 2009 a new database to track sex/kidnapping offenders was implemented throughout Washington State. The program “Offender Watch” allows Law Enforcement agencies to enter and retrieve data from one source. County agencies throughout Washington State enter the information into the program when an offender registers or changes their address and the website is updated in a timely manner when the registration is completed. The system also allows public access via the web.
The website is user friendly and allows the public to sign up for email notification when sex offenders move into a selected area, to search selected geographical areas around an address for offenders, or to search offenders by name. It should be noted that offenders ranked as level 2 or 3 (moderate to high risk offenders) are posted on this website. In addition, level 1 (low risk) offenders considered non-compliant for failing to register a current and valid address are posted on the website.
Detectives personally contact all sex offenders living within the City of Kent to verify compliance utilizing the following time frames. In addition to the listed time frames, an offender is contacted anytime a new address is registered.
Level 1 – once per year
Level 2 – once every six months
Level 3 – once every 3 months