T.A.S.K. - Teaching Awareness to School Kids

The T.A.S.K. Program is a joint effort between OffenderWatch Initiative and local School Boards and law enforcement to help parents be vigilant about offenders near them. By partnering with schools and sheriff’s offices, we can easily get the message out there that “Notification Is Prevention”.

Here’s how the program works:

  • OffenderWatch Initiative speaks to local School Boards about the T.A.S.K. program and how to implement it in schools.
  • Once the School Board signs up for the program, they contact local law enforcement to come out to schools and host a presentation on safety and preventative measures for the children. The children will be given a brochure to take home to their parents.
  • Parents can click the sign up link below and fill out the map with an address, city, and ZIP code.
  • Upon signup, you will be given a map that highlights offenders in your area. You'll also be able to view details about each offender in your area.
  • To complete the program, print out the map or write down the registration confirmation number emailed to you, sign it, and have your child return it to their teacher. The child will then receive a safety prize.

OffenderWatch Initiative has rolled out the T.A.S.K. Program to many parishes and counties through the United States. With your help, they can reach many more children and families.

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  • T.A.S.K. Instructions for Parents

  • T.A.S.K. Instructions for Kids

Notification is Prevention

It’s hard to track how many lives we saved by sending notifications on sex offenders.

However, we have one story that proves notification is prevention.

When Rachael arrived home one day she found her mother reviewing a notification with a familiar face.

The face was James Harris’, a sex offender who had recently moved to their area after being released on probation. A condition of that probation was that he not have contact with children.

Rachael told her mother that Harris had been following her school bus. Her mom immediately called the police and a warrant was issued, and the offender was arrested.

This story ended happily because the girl’s mother was notified of offenders in their area, but most parents don’t know how to access this information or what to do with it once they have it.

The problem is...

  • 75% of victims know their attacker. They are not a stranger.
  • Over half of these incidents occur within one mile of the victim’s home. It happens in their neighborhood.
  • Offenders who are released on probation or otherwise move an average of 3 times a year. The data on where they are is constantly changing.
  • 80% of us have an offender within one mile of our home. They live in safest of areas and don’t track any particular demographic.
  • 90% of registered offenders had a victim under 18 years old.

Do you know your neighborhood?

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