Like every parent, Michigan State Representative John Proos wants to know that his children are safe in their own neighborhood.
He and other residents of Michigan will now have an easier time keeping tabs on sex offenders through a new e-mail notification option.
If you sign up you’ll receive an email from the Michigan State Police On-line Sex Offender Registry each time a sex offender moves into your area.
The update is the result of a bill passed by the Michigan legislature. “The intent was to give parents as much information as quickly possible as to the changes in their community from people who may be a predator status or someone that might be of danger to their family,” Proos explains.
Here's how it works! Any Michigan resident can log on to www.mipsor.state.mi.us.
Provide the email address where you'd like to receive sex offender updates. Then, list up to six zip codes and the program will alert you of sex offenders moving into those areas. Register your zip code, grandma's zip code, even your baby-sitter's zip codes, any place where you'd like to know when a sex offender moves into that area.
The alerts are easier than searching for new registered sex offenders from a list of thousands already there. “You're going to get that email alert and it's going to tell you right away, OK we've got two or three more people who've moved in to my neighborhood,” says State Trooper Blake Dilley of the Bridgman Post.
Updates to Michigan's Sex Offender Registry site stem from the Florida case of Jessica Lunsford, a young girl who was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and killed. “Her father, Mark Lunsford has championed the cause across the nation,” Proos points out. “He has used that as a platform to try to make sure that the sex offender registry is up-to-date.”
Signing up for Michigan's Sex Offender Email Alert is a simple way to stay diligent about whose living in your neighborhood.