RCMP collaborating to modernize Canadian National Sex Offender Registry
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will be working with OffenderWatch, a public safety sex offender registry network in the United States, to modernize the Canadian National Sex Offender Registry. This marks the first time OffenderWatch, headquartered in Covington, La., has worked with a law enforcement agency outside of the U.S.
OffenderWatch was awarded the contract to modernize the RCMP’s registry, following a Government of Canada procurement process. The contract between the RCMP and OffenderWatch is focused on making technical enhancements to the RCMP’s existing national database, and as such, no protected information will leave RCMP premises, the organization said.
“OffenderWatch has specialized in the sex offender registry space servicing local, state and federal law enforcement partners for nearly 20 years,” said Mike Cormaci, president and co-founder of OffenderWatch. “The flexibility and innovation of our platform allows for comprehensive implementation of the entire country of Canada with features and adaptability not realized before.”
With the OffenderWatch technological backbone supporting the new Canadian system, public safety agencies across Canada can configure certain features to bring efficiency in records management and investigations, according to OffenderWatch.
OffenderWatch currently works with more than 3,500 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in 36 states in the U.S. — with statewide implementation in 16 of those states. The OffenderWatch network accounts for more than 60 per cent of sex offenders in the U.S. New programs and services are now expanding that population to close to 80 per cent domestically.
“Our capabilities for geocoding, radial-based searches and hosting structure allow for large concurrent access and improve public safety,” Cormaci added.
Through this collaboration, in addition to public safety features for federal, provincial and local law enforcement across Canada, the solution will achieve several goals for the RCMP, including:
• Improve the quality of registered sex offender data by enforcing mandatory data fields and increasing data validation;
• Increase compliance with current legislation; and
• Advance work processes by increasing efficiency of workflows and reducing manual processes and paper files.
For more information about OffenderWatch, visit www.WatchSystems.com.