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Grady Co. SO installs new sex offender system

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CAIRO, GA (WALB) - When you're a parent, there are many things that may keep you up at night. Whether you live near a registered sex offender could be one of them.

In Grady County, deputies are required to do quarterly spot checks, but they feel that's not enough. "Every three months, four times a year, they're knocking on the door. In this office their checking on offenders every month," said Watch Systems Account Executive Joey Gauthier.

To help ease citizens concerns as well the work load for deputies, Sheriff Harry Young installed a new system. "Without a system like this there's no way to proactively go out and manage and maintain offender compliance," said Gauthier.

This system not only helps deputies monitor registered sex offenders more efficiently, but it also gives a variety of options to citizens. "You have several options when you go to this page. You can search for offenders in your area. You can register for e-mail alerts. There's also safety tips that the sheriff has created," said Gauthier.

5,000 agencies across the country have installed this new software, including 45 counties in Georgia. "If you have an offender that moves from one county to the other, that county where the offender is moving from communicates with the county where the offender is moving to and they're expecting him to walk through that door when he does," said Gauthier.

Sheriff Young says one of the best aspects to this system is it won't cost tax payers a dime. "It's like $3,500, but we've had a private donor give me the money to do this with no cost to the county."

This software allows you to see how many offenders live within a 2 mile radius of your home. You can see where they live, where they work, and their entire criminal history.

If you register for the e-mail alert system, you will be notified as soon as an offender moves into your area. To search for an offender log onto www.gradyso.com


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