Sheriff Jared F. Miller is pleased to announce that on May 14, 2018, the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office updated its website to include new sex offender registration and public notification capabilities. The new service is citizen-friendly, easy to use, and enables citizens to search for Sexual Offenders/Sexual Predators who may reside in close proximity to citizens’ homes, places of work, schools, churches and day care centers.
The information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is updated in real time by Detectives of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) as Sexual Offender/Sexual Predator information changes and is reported. As part of this new service, citizens may enter their home address or any other address of interest, and see a map listing the Sexual Offenders/Sexual Predators who live within a given radius of the address. Citizens can register their address to be continuously monitored by the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office and CID will send the citizen an email alerting them if a Sexual Offender/Sexual Predator registers an address within the citizen’s specified radius. The citizen can define the radius (between .25 mile to 2 miles) of their address. Citizens may confidentially register as many addresses as they choose, at no cost.
As of March 26, 2018, there were 134 registered Sexual Offenders living in Wakulla County, 7 of whom are Sexual Predators, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Pursuant to Florida Statute 943.0435, the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office registers Sexual Offenders/Sexual Predators and those duties are performed by CID Detectives. Sexual Offenders/Sexual Predators who fail to properly register, or who do not actually live at their stated residence, are subject to arrest and prosecution. The computer system behind the new site notifies CID Detectives if a Sexual Offender/Sexual Predator attempts to reside too close to statutorily protected safety buffers that may be implemented around protected institutions in the county, such as schools, day cares and parks. It is also utilized to facilitate the scheduling of compliance checks for the verification of information provided by Sexual Offenders/Sexual Predators. Going forward, when a Sexual Predator changes his address at registration, CID will send a mailer to households in close proximity to the registered Sexual Predator.
All Wakulla County citizens are invited to visit the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office website at www.wcso.org and click on the “Sex Offender Database Search” icon to access the site, or click on the following link:http://www.sheriffalerts.com/fl/wakulla. Once in, click on the icon for “Register for Email Alerts,” confidentially provide an email address, and thereafter receive email notifications from CID Detectives each time Sexual Offenders/Predators register an address change. Citizens may search for Sexual Offenders/Sexual Predators by clicking on the icon for “Search for offenders in your area.” A brief tutorial on the program can be found via the following link: http://www.sheriffalerts.com/presentations.php?office=56550