Lea County Sheriff receives national recognition for Excellence

Lea County Sheriff receives national recognition for Excellence in Managing Sex Offender Registry

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Lovington, NM -

(Press Release)

Sheriff Corey Helton of the Lea County Sheriff’s Office today received national recognition for excellence in overseeing the county’s 132 sex offenders.

Sheriff Helton and his office use the software management tool OffenderWatch to keep track of the registered sex offenders, often using the system to aid in investigations and proactively improve public safety. Of the 3,000 agencies and 13,000 users in the OffenderWatch network, Sheriff Helton was selected to receive a National Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Public Service of Sex Offender Registry Management for his work in public safety.

Sheriff Helton was honored with the award during the Western State Sheriffs’ Association meeting in March. Sheriff Helton said, “I give all the credit for the outstanding management of our sex offender program to Deputy Vivian Martinez who has been the lead Deputy for this program since 2011. This award is due to her dedication to the program by making it not only one of the best programs in New Mexico, but in the nation.”

The sheriff’s office is responsible for managing, tracking and verifying registered sex offenders in Lea County. The office is also responsible for notifying the public of registered sex offenders. The public can sign up to receive free notifications when a registered sex offender moves into their neighborhood or near any address using the following link: http://sheriffalerts.com/cap_main.php?office=54895

“Sheriff Helton’s superior work is a model for how other law enforcement agencies should manage their sex offender registries—going above and beyond to ensure the public is safe,” said Mike Cormaci, president of OffenderWatch. “The public wins when law enforcement leaders understand how to best use the tools at their disposal to improve safety and communication.”

There are more than 900,000 registered sex offenders in the United States. Most states have a different system for tracking these offenders, making it difficult for law enforcement agencies to keep records when the offenders cross state lines. The OffenderWatch Network is the largest sex offender registry system in the U.S., working with more than 3,000 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in 37 states, including the Lea County Sheriff’s Office.

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