Van Wert Sheriff touts Offender Watch Program

VAN WERT — Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach has announced that during this year’s Van Wert County Fair his office will be assisting citizens register to receive an automatic email alert when a registered sex offender moves into an area near their home.

Riggenbach said citizens attending the fair on Saturday or Monday can stop at the sheriff’s booth, located in the Commercial Building, and a deputy will assist them in registering to receive the automatic email alert. The hours on both days will be from noon-6 p.m. Information about signing up to receive automatic email alerts on registered sex offenders is available all week during the fair at the sheriff’s booth.

Riggenbach said his office provides the Offender Watch Program, a tool that citizens can use to protect their children and to stay informed about offenders in their area. In addition to the automatic email alert feature, the Offender Watch Program provides citizens with real-time maps of registered offenders in their area, tips for parents to talk with their children, as well as safety advice for children, he said.

The Offender Watch Program can be accessed by the public by visiting the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office website and clicking on the “Sex Offender” link at the top of the page. Citizens will then click on the “Click Here To” link to access the Offender Watch Program.

Riggenbach said there will also be information available on other services provided by the sheriff’s office, including concealed carry licensed.A.R.E, child seat safety, and photo ID’s for kids. Families who wish to have a free photo ID of their child made can do so at the sheriff’s booth Monday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

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