Houston PD can now easily share data, collaborate on investigations with Harris County Sheriff’s Office, other states

The Houston Police Department is the 34th major city in the U.S. to join the nationwide OffenderWatch sex offender registry network, adding more than 6,000 sex offender records to the database. By partnering with OffenderWatch, Houston PD will now be able to easily collaborate on investigations and share critical information involving registered sex offenders with not only the Harris County Sheriff's Office, but also with more than 3,000 other local law enforcement agencies across the country. Houston PD monitors more than 6,000 registered sex offenders.

“When a registered offender moves from outside the City of Houston in Harris County to a City of Houston address, now registering officers won't have to spend time reentering data because the offender record is seamlessly shared from one agency to another. All records in OffenderWatch transfer instantly to the new jurisdiction, saving us time and improving data accuracy,” said Chief of Police Art Acevedo. “With thousands of sex offenders moving in and out of the city and state every year, the new technology can save us time and improve our investigations by searching other agency’s files.”

Houston residents can search for sex offenders or sign up for email alerts on the Houston PD website:
houstontx.gov/police/sex_offender_databases.

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