APSO says be aware of sex offenders

Staff Report

According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, there are approximately 130 registered sex offenders in the parish.  With summer months beginning, the APSO encourages citizens to review its website to determine if an offender lives in their area. The mapping and address feature found on the website pinpoints exactly where an offender lives and citizens can sign up for automatic email alerts should an offender move close within any address they register, radius is specified upon registration. 

 “The benefit of registering for this confidential e-mail alert service allows us to monitor your important addresses for you, thereby keeping you up to date of newly registered offenders and making it unnecessary for you to have to check your important addresses daily or even weekly.  You can register any and all of the addresses where your children spend a lot of time, for example friends, grandparents, or babysitters addresses,” Chief Tony Bacala, said in a release.

The alerts are in real-time and sent out via e-mail as soon as a new offender has registered with the APSO.

The website for the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is www.ascensionsheriff.com. Citizens should click on the link “Louisiana Sex Offender Search” and follow the instructions to check their neighborhood and sign up to receive e-mail alerts.

The APSO also has safety tips and topics available for review to help citizens understand what can be done to be safe. 

Chief Bacala encourages everyone to have a safe and fun summer. 

“Knowledge is power and knowing where the registered sex offenders reside in your area can help you make the best choices for safe and enjoyable summer activities,” Bacala said.

For more information, call the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Division at 225-621-8361 or by texting 847411 to its anonymous tip line from any cellular device or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).