SARASOTA -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has launched a new method of notifying citizens when a sexual offender or predator registers a local address for the first time, according to a news release.
A sex offender or predator must register with the Sarasota County jail when he or she is released from jail or prison or moves.
In Sarasota County when offenders or predators register for the first time, the sheriff's office plans to issue a press release. The release will be posted on its web site and the agency's Facebook page.
"We want citizens to know when someone who has been labeled a sex offender or predator moves into this county and where they plan to live," Sheriff Tom Knight said in a release Thursday. "We do this to keep people informed of potential dangers, and to provide them with the information they need to accurately understand the situation."
The release will include a mug shot of the person. Additionally the release will provide information about the charge including when the crime was committed, background about the case, the sentence received and whether they have been declared a sex offender or predator and any restrictions they have.
The sheriff's office is still recommending that Citizens sign up for sex offender alerts from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.