BRATTLEBORO -- The Vermont Department of Public Safety now offers a valuable service that became available earlier this year. In February the Vermont Criminal Information Center implemented a new and enhanced Sex Offender Registry software program. One of the many features of the new software was the ability for the public to register for e-mail alerts when an Internet-posted sex offender moves into their city or town.
The registration process is available, free of charge, to the public on the Vermont sex offender website at www.communitynotification.com/vermont/. There is a tab titled "Register for E-mail Alerts," which will give the user access to the simple registration process. The process allows the resident to select their city/town of choice.
Once registered, participants will automatically receive notification when an Internet-posted sex offender moves into the area. The notification will include the individual's name, city/town of residence and a link to information regarding the offender that is available on the public Internet site. Although full address information is not allowed by current legislation, this tool can be valuable to concerned citizens and many have already taken advantage of the program. E-mail alerts will be received until the service is canceled. Cancellation of e-mail alerts is up to the registered recipient and can be done at any point on the public Internet site.
When registering for the e-mail alerts, the public should be aware that the alerts are only for sex offender registrants that are required to be posted on the Internet and is not inclusive of all registered sex offenders. It is also important to recognize that alerts are for the city/town of registration and individuals living near town lines need to be aware that the alerts received for their town will not be indicative of offenders in neighboring jurisdictions who still may be residing in their proximity.
The Vermont Department of Public Safety proactively encourages the use of this tool to enhance awareness and foster increased public safety. There is no charge to the public for use of the registration service.
For more information about registering for e-mail alerts or Vermont Sex Offender Registry, visit http://vcic.vermont.gov/sex_offender or call VCIC at 802-244-8727.