“Citizens would like to think that every home is like their own. Unfortunately, that is not reality,” reports Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills.
“In Ripley County, there are approximately 50 registered sex offenders currently, and there is a high probability an encounter with a registered sex offender is inevitable. “We do the best we can in making sure sex offenders live where they tell us, so it is crucial that our citizens visit our Web site at www.ripleycounty.com/sheriff and clicking on ‘sex offender registry’ to see who and where an offender might be living within their neighborhood,” he says.
Citizens are encouraged to look up important addresses and review the list of registered sex offenders living within a 0.25-2 mile radius of that specific address. Grills adds, “The mapping and address feature found on the Web site pinpoints exactly where an offender lives, therefore, educating citizens on which houses to avoid while trick-or-treating.
“Perhaps the most beneficial aspect of the address-monitoring feature is that once your important addresses and e-mail address have been registered, the system will automatically alert you via e-mail when an offender moves within 0.25-2 mile radius of the registered address. You can register any and all of the addresses where your children spend a lot of time.
For more information, persons can contact the sheriff’s office at 812-689-5558.