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      Kansas Improves Criminal Offender Registry

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      Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Kansas Bureauof Investigation announced Tuesday that the state has made improvements to the state's criminaloffender registry.

      Thenew system allows citizens to sign up for notification emails advising when anoffender registers a home, work or school address near an address of interest.The new system also includes expanded search capabilities and maps showingoffenders' registered locations.

      "Theseenhancements to the offender registry are designed to help keep our communitiessafe and informed," Schmidt said. "The information in the system will be moreeasily accessible to the public and law enforcement community."

      Citizenscan search for offender information by the offender's name, location, reportingcompliance, and offender type (sex, violent or drug). Searches can also be doneby phone number, online identity or email address to determine if theinformation is associated with a registered offender.

      Theupdates were made as part of the implementation of federal registry systemrequirements of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. The Kansaslegislature adopted these requirements into state law in 2011. The improvementsto the registry were funded through federal grants.

      Lawenforcement officials will also see improvements to the system, which makes theregistry process as efficient and effective as possible. The new system willalso improve information-sharing capabilities across jurisdictions and withother states.

      Theoffender registry can be accessed at www.kbi.ks.gov/registeredoffender.

      TheKBI has maintained the Kansas Offender Registration system since its inceptionin 1993 to provide investigative leads for law enforcement, to deter offendersfrom reoffending and to provide the public with current information on personswho have been proven to have been dangerous.

      Over the years the system hasevolved, with Kansas being one of the first states to place a registry on theInternet in 1997, and coverage has been expanded to include violent criminalsand drug traffickers.

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