County Executive Steve Bellone (center) touts the benefits of the county’s new sex offender monitoring efforts in Hauppauge Friday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
A program designed to monitor and reduce recidivism among convicted sex offenders has been very successful in the Suffolk County Police Department’s jurisdiction, officials said Friday.
The program, part of the county’s Community Protection Act, uses retired police officers who work for the nonprofit Parents for Megan’s Law to make in-person visits to sex offenders to ensure that they’re in compliance with residency registration laws and other requirements.
To date, however, none of the five East End town police departments is using that portion of the program, which has been offered to them at no cost, said Laura Ahearn, director of the nonprofit, which works to prevent sex offenses and aid victims of sex crimes. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO | Sheriff Vincent DeMarco presented Laura Ahearn with a check for just over $50,000.
Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco presented a $50,000 check today to Laura Ahearn, the executive director and founder of Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center.
The funds came from money seized from convicted drug dealers and was donated as a way to help the organization improve its technological capacity to track sex offenders and provide important safety information to the public, according to a press release.
Parent’s for Megan’s Law is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse and rape. The organization has long been at the national forefront of promoting victims’ rights and assisting law enforcement agencies with enforcing laws designed to track registered sex offenders.
Ms. Ahearn said Sheriff DeMarco is a dedicated leader in the ongoing effort to protect children.
“He has been instrumental in ensuring that parents and community members are provided the tools they need to help keep our most vulnerable safe,” she said in a release.
“I can’t think of a better way to use criminal asset forfeiture funds than to help protect vulnerable children from dangerous sexual predators,” Sheriff DeMarco said.