Thursday, May 25, 2006

Doyle launches Most Wanted Sex Offenders web site

As part of Governor Doyle's ongoing efforts to tighten the net around sex offenders in Wisconsin, Doyle has launched Wisconsin’s Most Wanted Sex Offenders, a list of the state's most dangerous and elusive sex offenders who are evading the state's sex offender registry laws. Information about each offender is available on the site.

"Keeping our kids safe is a never-ending job," Governor Doyle said. "Wisconsin is one of the nation's leaders in tracking down and monitoring sex offenders. Now I'm asking the public to help us track down the most dangerous sex offenders in our state. 'Wisconsin's Most Wanted' will allow parents, grandparents, teachers and neighbors to play an integral role in keeping our communities safe and making it impossible for sex offenders to move undetected through our neighborhoods."

The public can access the most up-to-date information about each offender on the “Wisconsin’s Most Wanted” web site, including the offender’s name, a photograph, the date the warrant was issued for their arrest, and critical information about whom to contact if the offender is spotted. The site also includes a direct link to each offender's profile on Wisconsin's sex offender registry. The public can also print photos of all the offenders to further publicize the list.

"Wisconsin's" Most Wanted" was launched as part of the Governor's Sex Offender Apprehension and Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Initiative to track and hold accountable sex offenders who evade the state's registry laws. Developed by Governor Doyle's SAFE Task Force, a group of 15 top law enforcement leaders from across the state, the offenders on the list were selected based on a comprehensive set of criteria including seriousness of offense, overall criminal history, history of complying with registration rules, and other factors.

These offenders were convicted in counties all over the state - from Milwaukee to Outagamie to Marinette. Many have pending charges and all have outstanding warrants for their arrest.

Citizens with any information on the whereabouts of any of the offenders are encouraged to contact local law enforcement department or the "SAFE Tip" hotline toll free at 1-877-234-0085 or via email. Calls will be answered by DOC staff Monday through Friday between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Citizens with any immediate concern for their safety or the safety of a child are asked to call 911.

Governor Doyle also announced today that 610 noncompliant sex offenders have been tracked down by the SAFE Teams, which are comprised of retired law enforcement professionals and sex offender registry specialists from the Department of Corrections (DOC). The SAFE Teams work closely with law enforcement agencies around the state to arrest and hold accountable those sex offenders who try to become anonymous in our communities.

Coordination among law enforcement agencies has forced more sex offenders into compliance with state law, raising the rate of compliance to 89 percent from 82 percent one year ago, when Governor Doyle first ordered a crackdown on sex offenders who have not complied with the sex offender registry. The average compliance rate nationally is 76 percent.

Earlier this month, DOC Secretary Matthew Frank convened the first-ever Midwest SAFE Summit with four neighboring states to share ideas and best practices on effective sex offender tracking and registry management. The five states agreed to enhance information-sharing about sex offenders who move beyond state borders. The states agreed to meet annually, with Illinois to host the next regional summit in spring 2007.

Due to the achievements of the SAFE Initiative, Wisconsin was one of only two states in the country to earn a grade of "A" in a report issued earlier this month by the national children's advocacy group Parents for Megan's Law.

Learn more about Governor Doyle's SAFE Initiative by going here.


Post a Comment

<< Home