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New App Helps Deputies Track Homeless Registered Sex Offenders
CLARK COUNTY -- New technology from the Attorney General's office is helping local sheriff's deputies track down homeless sex offenders in your neighborhood.
"I can actually update everything about him from this phone," said Deputy Robert Wagner, SORN, Clark County Sheriff's Office.
Deputy Wagner is in charge of tracking down registered sex offenders in Clark County.
"We can be out in the street and still look up these people," said Deputy Wagner.
And thanks to a new phone and iPad app, his job is a lot easier.
"It's actually gonna say he's homeless," said Deputy Wagner.
Especially when keeping track of the homeless offenders in the county.
The app uses GPS coordinates of where the offender spends most of his time.
"Then we come back to the office and put that GPS coordinates in the computer and it'll map this person is generally in this area," said Deputy Wagner.
The phone app is only available for deputies, but it helps them track down the homeless sex offenders, right down to the intersection.
"I love the idea, I do," said Lacy Brewer, "We come in and out here all the time and it's nice to know there's someone around that can hurt us, I'd rather be more aware."
Brewer lives in a Springfield neighborhood where a homeless offender spends a lot of his time.
"It's terrifying, like we live alone and any time they can come in," said Brewer.
Before the new app, if you put your address into the state's site, homeless offenders didn't show up, now they do.
"Location will come up and show them that this person may be in that area also to watch out," said Deputy Wagner.
And that puts Brewer at ease.
"It's already scary being a lone with a child, it, it just makes me feel good," said Brewer.
Clark County also has the homeless offenders sign in with them every week, and deputies check to make sure they're staying where they say they are.
To see if there are any registered sex offenders in your neighborhood, click here.
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