Online program helps locate nearby sex offenders, Apache Junction Police Department says

The Apache Junction Police Department would like to alert residents about a program that can alert them about sex offenders who live in their areas.

In Apache Junction there is approximately 66 registered sex offenders, according to the police department. With summer around the corner the police department reminds residents they can visit the AJPD website at www.ajcity.net/police to see if any of these registered offenders live in or around their neighborhood.

The mapping and address feature found on the website pinpoints exactly where an offender lives. Citizens may sign up for automatic e-mail alerts that will notify them if an offender moves close to within a specified radius of any address they register.

“The benefit of registering for this confidential e-mail alert service allows us to monitor your important addresses for you, thereby keeping you up to date of newly registered offenders and making it unnecessary for you to have to check your important addresses daily or even weekly. You can register any and all of the addresses where your children spend a lot of time, for example, friends, grandparents or babysitters’ addresses.  While this does not ensure total safety, it does alert one to the environment around them and to be more cognizant,” Chief of Police Thomas E. Kelly said in the release.

The alerts are in real-time and sent out via e-mail as soon as a new offender has registered with the Apache Junction Police Department.

When on the website, citizens should click on the link “locate registered sex offenders” and follow the instructions to check their neighborhood and sign up to receive e-mail alerts.

For more information, call the department’s community resource coordinator at 480-474-5442 or e-mail her at scarney@ajcity.net.

The Apache Junction Independent is mailed each month to 35,000 homes.

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