MONROE, La. (KNOE) - A new app is partnering with local sheriff offices to keep kids safe from registered sex offenders
According to a press release, OffenderWatch works with law enforcement agencies to provide "registry software."
The Safe Virtual Neighborhood app costs $9.99 a year and will monitor kid's smartphones and alert parents when a child lingers near the house of a sex offender, or if a registered offender tries to contact a child.
The app also shows contact info from the "family's local participating law enforcement," according to the release.
Mike Cormaci, CEO of OffenderWatch, said the digital age makes monitoring children even more of a necessity.
"What brought this about was we started to see a behavioral change among the young, the vulnerable. And they're communicating with people they don't even know," said Cormaci. "And they think they're a thirteen-year-old boy because, you know, I want to play video games. But they could be, in this case, a fifty-eight-year-old male."
The company has a full list of law enforcement agencies they partner with on their website at https://offenderwatch.com/louisiana/