Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Maj. Jim Stewart Receive National Recognition

Sheriffs from around the country were recognized for outstanding service managing their sex offender registries during the annual Major County Sheriffs of America conference June 13. Sherriff Leon Lott (R) accepted the award on behalf of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

RCSD recognized during sheriffs’ conference for overseeing county’s 900+ sex offenders

RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (June 18, 2019)—The Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) and Major Jim Stewart recently received national recognition for excellence in overseeing the county’s 908 sex offenders. Stewart and the department were recognized last week during the Major County Sheriffs of America annual summer conference in Louisville, K.Y.

RCSD uses the software management tool OffenderWatch to keep track of registered sex offenders, often using the system to aid in investigations and proactively improve public safety. Of the more than 3,000 agencies and 14,000 users in the OffenderWatch network, the company selected Stewart and RCSD to receive the award. Stewart accepted the award during a ceremony June 13.

“OffenderWatch offers our investigators tools no other registry can,” said Sheriff Leon Lott. “Not only does it help us manage all of our offenders, it offers an invaluable service to our citizens, by allowing them to access information through our website. Plus, citizens can register to be alerted when a sex offender moves into their community.”

“Major Stewart, Sheriff Lott and the entire sheriff’s office go above and beyond what is required in statute to collect comprehensive data on each and every offender in their jurisdiction,” said Mike Cormaci, president of OffenderWatch.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for managing, tracking and verifying registered sex offenders in the county. The department is also responsible for notifying the public of registered sex offenders. The public can sign up to receive free notifications when a registered sex offender moves into their neighborhood or near any address using the link below.

• Sign up for OffenderWatch sex offender notifications from RCSD:
o http://sheriffalerts.com/cap_main.php?office=54084

There are more than 900,000 registered sex offenders in the United States. Most states have a different system for tracking these offenders, making it difficult for law enforcement agencies to keep records when the offenders cross state lines. The OffenderWatch Network is the largest sex offender registry system in the U.S., working with more than 3,000 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in 37 states.

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About OffenderWatch
There are more than 900,000 registered sex offenders in the United States. Many states have different systems for tracking these offenders, making it difficult for agencies to update records when the offenders cross state lines. The OffenderWatch Network is the largest sex offender registry system in the U.S., working with more than 3,000 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in 37 states. Founded in 2000 in Covington, La. under the Watch Systems company, OffenderWatch has expanded to include data on registered sex offenders from sheriffs’ offices, police departments, Attorney Generals’ offices, U.S. Marshal judicial districts, U.S. attorneys, federal and state probation and parole agents, department of corrections, Indian tribes, and more. OffenderWatch partnered with Canada in spring 2018 to enhance the Canadian National Sex Offender Registry. Learn more at OffenderWatch.com.


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