Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
New Sex Offender Alert Line Designed
to Increase Public Awareness
(FRANKFORT, KY) - Governor and Mrs. Patton announced a new program today that will help parents throughout the state protect their children as well as provide adults with vital information regarding convicted sexual offenders: the Kentucky Sex Offender Alert Line.
Sponsored by the Kentucky State Police in cooperation with the Department of Corrections and the Governor's Office for Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services, the program provides up-to-date, real time information regarding the release of registered sex offenders into local communities.
"When we try to protect our children and our communities, ignorance is our enemy," said Patton. "The Sex Offender Alert Line is a weapon against ignorance. In my judgment, it provides the first meaningful community notification program in our state."
Kentucky First Lady Judi Patton also emphasized the importance of the program, noting that many convicted sex offenders do repeat their crimes. "When we in public service talk about getting tough on crime, there is no group of offenders we mean more than sexual offenders, " she said.
The alert line is an easy way for parents, school personnel, day care workers and any citizen to have an impact on crime.
According to Col. Linda Mayberry, deputy commissioner of the Kentucky State Police, using the alert line takes just a few minutes and is easy.
"Simply dial1-866-564-5652. The call is toll free and can be placed 24 hours a day. Then provide your telephone number and up to three zip codes."
When the Kentucky State Police receive notice that a registered sex offender is moving into the zip code area that you entered, you will receive a notification call which will direct you to the Kentucky State Police Sex Offender Registry website at http://kspsor.state.ky.us for more information, Mayberry explained.
The calls will be attempted every two hours for a 24- hour period beginning at 7:00 am and ending at 9:00 pm. Calls will not be made between the hours of 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm to prevent children from receiving the call. The notification is capable of being left on a telephone answering machine.
"It is not necessary to own a computer in order to register for and use the Sex Offender Alert Line," added Mayberry, "Free Internet access is available at all public libraries."
"The Kentucky State Police encourage all citizens of the Commonwealth to register for this service," Mayberry stressed. "Be safe. Be informed."
"The Kentucky State Police are providing vital information that just may save a child from being harmed," concluded Governor Patton. "All you have to do is make one telephone call. It may be the most important telephone call you ever make."