Bullock Unveils New Mapping Feature for Sexual or Violent Offender Registry
HELENA – Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock unveiled a new mapping feature for the Sexual or Violent Offender Registry on Thursday.
The new feature allows the public to enter a specific address and city, and the search then uses Google Maps to generate a map showing the location of offenders within a certain radius of that address.
“As attorney general, and as the father of three young children, my top priority is keeping our kids safe at home, in their neighborhoods, at school and online. This is another tool we can use as parents to help our families avoid situations that allow easy access to potential victims,” Bullock said.
Montana’s Sexual or Violent Offender Registration Act is designed to protect the public from sexual and violent offenders by requiring offenders to register with local law enforcement agencies in the jurisdiction where they reside. Information about these offenders is then made available to the public.
While this tool is valuable, parents need to take a comprehensive approach to keeping their kids safe, Bullock added.
“In this day and age, the same Internet technology that allows us to provide this mapping service can also be used by sexual predators as an unmonitored pathway into our homes,” Bullock said. “As parents we need to teach our kids how to avoid dangerous situations in general.”
The Attorney General’s website contains valuable information about how to keep kids safe.
This Registry, created in 1989 by the Montana Legislature, provides an up-to-date listing of sexual and violent offenders who are required to register their whereabouts.
The mapping capability was mandated by federal law with the passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.