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Public Response to Sex Offender
Alert Line Growing Steadily

(FRANKFORT, KY) - After one month in operation, more than 4,266 Kentuckians have signed up for a state program that will help make their communities safer. 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, provides up-to-date, real time information regarding the release of registered sex offenders into local communities.

According to Col. Linda Mayberry, deputy commissioner of the Kentucky State Police, the automated system has sent messages to more than 3,660 citizens since Gov. Paul Patton and Mrs. Patton introduced the program at a Frankfort news conference on April 30.

"I consider the system a huge success," reports Mayberry. "The public response has been enthusiastic. In 98 percent of the attempts, the system has successfully delivered the message to either a person or an answering machine. Undelivered notifications have typically been due to no answers or bad telephone numbers."

Using the alert line takes just a few minutes and is easy. Simply dial 1-866-564-5652. The call is toll free and can be placed 24 hours a day. When prompted, 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(s) that you entered, you will receive a notification call which will direct you to the Kentucky State Police Sex Offender Registry at http://kspsor.state.ky.us for more information. (It is not necessary to own a computer in order to register for and use the Sex Offender Alert Line. Free Internet access is available at all public libraries.)

Notification calls are made 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 message is capable of being left on a telephone answering machine.

"This is an excellent way to stay informed about your community," notes Mayberry. "Knowledge is the first step in making and keeping your community a safe place to live. I encourage all citizens of the Commonwealth to take advantage of this opportunity.

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