Now available: "Managing Sex Offenders: Citizens Supporting Law Enforcement."
State and local law enforcement agencies are on the front line of a significant and growing public safety challenge: returning sex offenders. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) estimates that more than 566,000 offenders are listed in state sex offender registries nationwide (March 2006). Further, the most recent statistics from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), estimate that approximately 234,000 sex offenders are under some form of correctional or community supervision. Equally challenging to law enforcement are the sex offenders no longer under these types of formal supervision. To cope with expanding legislative requirements, law enforcement is tapping into previously untapped resources. Citizens are a major resource. In partnership with BJA, the IACP’s Citizen Involvement in Sex Offender Management Project (CISOM) comprehensively examined the specific roles of citizens to assist law enforcement to manage sex offenders. Citizens assist with registration, community notification, address verification, and other monitoring and tracking efforts. This publication highlights relevant sex offender legislation impacting law enforcement, identifies emerging operational challenges for law enforcement executives, and offers examples of how law enforcement agencies are using citizens to enhance and support their sex offender management and enforcement efforts. To download a copy, please click on the link above. To receive a hard copy of the guide, please contact Alissa Huntoon.