Barbour County's new watch system will monitor sexual predators more effectively

CLAYTON, Ala. (WTVY) - How would you know if a sexual predator was living next door or down the street? In most counties, the sheriff's department sends out a postcard with information to keep you and your family safe.

Barbour County is going the extra mile to ensure people are aware.

Robert Vickers is a dispatch supervisor at the Barbour County Sheriff's Department. He takes his job seriously and that includes the safety of families and children in Barbour County.

"I certainly think that parents should know that a sex offender lives in their neighborhood. That doesn’t mean that anybody is in any danger, but they can certainly be a little more caution.”

There are around 100 registered sex offenders in Barbour County. Around half of them are in the jail cells, but the other half are out in the community.

That's why the department has invested in an offender watch program. The computer system helps deputies better monitor and manage the whereabouts and status of registered sex offenders in the county.

No matter where you live, there are ways for you and your family can see where sex offenders are you can go to www.alea.gov.