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Stamford Residents Can Check Sex Offender Site

STAMFORD, Conn. — Although 64 registered sex offenders is a low number for a city the size of Stamford, residents should still be aware of where the offenders live, Sgt. Sean Scanlan of the Stamford Police Department said.

“I would search the site just to know, to be safe,” Scanlan, supervisor of the Domestic Violence unit, said referring to the state’s sex offender registry website . Parents should tell their children to be wary of strangers and of other possible dangers, he said.

The state website allows residents to search a database for offenders by city or town name or by address to find out whether an offender lives, works or goes to school in their neighborhood. The website provides residents with offenders’ addresses, pictures, physical description and their offenses. If residents have questions or concerns, they can call the police for assistance, Scanlan said.

To make it easier to keep track of offenders who move in or out of a neighborhood, you can register your email address with the website and receive a notification when one moves within one mile of your home.

After registering with the state, an offender will receive notification in the mail and must send a response back otherwise they will be listed as noncompliant, Scanlan said. If an offender is listed as noncompliant, the police department will get a warrant and make an arrest, he said.

Violations are not uncommon, mostly when people move and forget to register with the state, Scanlan said. He mentioned a case in which an offender from Massachusetts moved to the city without registering in Stamford. The department has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to sex offenders who are not compliant, he said.

The state’s website warns residents not to harass or bother the offenders. “Just be diligent,” Scanlan said of residents’ use of the site.

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