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Sheriff Edwards launches new program to track sex offenders

Sheriff Edwards launches new program to track sex offenders
Posted: Sep 12, 2017
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From Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards

 

Nationally, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18 years old. In most metropolitan areas, 80% of the population lives within one mile of a registered sex offender.  Only, 1 in 3 children will report the incident.  These statistics are very concerning to me. Sex Offenders cross socio-economic boundaries, living in the richest and poorest neighborhoods.

 

As law enforcement, we are proud to partner with Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Mark Kolwe &The Offenderwatch Initiative Foundation launching in the schools the TASK program "Teaching Awareness to School Kids (T.A.S.K)."  With over 300 sex offenders in Tangipahoa parish – protecting children is my highest priority. Parents who register for the T.A.S.K. program can view a map that shows sex offenders who live nearby and provide them with email alerts when sex offenders move into their area. 

 

It’s important to always know your neighbor. In today’s world, there is strong need for parents to talk to their children about sexual abuse and how to prevent it.

 

In partnering with T.A.S.K, we are boldly asking parents to:

1.            Be open with your children so they can feel safe to share their fears.

2.            Encourage your child to be cautious and not afraid.

3.            Teach them how to recognize suspicious behaviors;

4.            and to trust their own instincts.  More importantly for them to know sometimes it’s ok to say NO to an adult.

 

This approach uses best practices and collaboration in an effort to keep our children safe and informed.    Students will be sent home with a brochure instructing parents how to enroll in the T.A.S.K.. Program and we encourage every parent or guardian to do so. 

“Ultimately, are goal is to send a clear message to predators everywhere that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Office, our law enforcement partners and our school system are arming our children with the tools needed to protect them selves.  We want it to be known that protecting children is our number a one priority, and as long as there are predators out there who want to victimize our children, we will commit our resources into protecting them.” Stated Edwards.

Below is a message from Sheriff Edwards to all Tangi Parents:

http://offenderwatchinitiative.org/tangiparents

Generous donors and sponsors like the Berry Patch Café, Whitney Bank, Hancock/Whitney Bank,  and Ross Downing Chevrolet make the T.A.S.K. program possible. To see how you can help by becoming a sponsor or donor of this valuable program in your community, please visit: OffenderWatchInitiative.org/donate


Sheriff Daniel Edwards and the Tangipahoa Parish School Board deploys the “Teaching Awareness To School Kids” (T.A.S.K.) program in conjunction with OffenderWatch Initiative (OWI) as part of a concerted effort to prevent sexual abuse against citizens.


Parents and guardians of children in Tangipahoa Parish should expect their children to receive and bring home a brochure detailing specifics of the T.A.S.K. Program. Parents are being asked to review the content of the brochure with their children, and have an honest discussion with them regarding the dangerous reality of sexual abuse and the preventative measures that can be taken to prevent it. The (T.A.S.K.) program is a 3 step email registration process.  Upon completion of the program, and with parental assistance, children will print a map of their local area, sign it, and submit it to their teacher. Once the assignment has been completed, children will receive a safety prize from a local sponsor.  In Tangipahoa Parish, the Berry Patch Café, located in Hammond, LA, will be providing children with a free order of beignets. If parents think they may have already signed up, they can perform a search on 
offenderwatch.com and print map of sex offenders in their area to submit back to school for their child to receive a prize.

In Tangipahoa Parish there are 319 published sex offenders.  Do You Know Your Neighborhood? We want parents to be informed in their neighborhood. The process is fast, easy and free at www.offenderwatch.com


 “We believe that keeping families informed of sex offenders moving into their neighborhood is an important part of keeping our citizens safe and protected from potential threats to their families. This partnership allows us to do that in an easy, free way,” says Sheriff Edwards.
Generous donors and sponsors like the Berry Patch Café, Whitney Bank, Hancock/Whitney Bank,  and Ross Downing Chevrolet make the T.A.S.K. program possible. To see how you can help by becoming a sponsor or donor of this valuable program in your community, please visit: 
OffenderWatchInitiative.org/donate


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