The Sex Offender Notification Unit is comprised of a sergeant and four deputies. This unit specializes in crimes involving sex offenders, and their registration, classification, and notification. Under existing law, the Community Notification Act provides for the community notification of the release of sex offenders. Comprehensive registration and periodic address verification provides the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office information critical to preventing sexual victimization and to resolving incidents involving sexual abuse and exploitation.
This unit has begun tracking more than 676 sex offenders in the Jefferson County communities. This unit has mailed out more than 200 letters requesting and reminding sex offenders to annually verify their addresses with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. This unit, upon receiving the registration of the sex offender, disseminates the registration to the local jurisdictions, and the State of Alabama Department of Public Safety. This unit is responsible for the notification of Sex Offenders in the unincorporated county, and cities with populations under five thousand. This unit is responsible for communicating all sex offenders’ information to other counties and states on sex offenders relocating in their counties and States. This unit will obtain warrants on all sex offenders who fail to comply with State Law. Sheriff Mark Pettway understands the importance of this unit in tracking sex offenders and keeping communities informed and safe. Be sure to visit the sex offenders database to locate offenders in your community.