Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Port St. Lucie tests sex offender registration kiosks

That headline sounds odd, but I challenge you to come up with another one, especially after you read this news clip from Ft. Lauderdale's Sun-Sentinel:
With a few keystrokes, residents who stroll into Port St. Lucie's two main police stations can find out if sex offenders and sexual predators live in their neighborhood.

Two computerized kiosks, allowing residents to research information about sex offenders -- including photos and some information about their offenses -- now are in the lobbies of the stations on Airoso and Rosser boulevards, Sgt. Roberto Santos said.

The kiosks cost about $3,200 each and were funded by money seized in drug cases, Santos said.

The kiosks provide access to Florida Department of Law Enforcement information and city records, allowing searchers to see an aerial view of the offender's home.

The FDLE and city sites also can be accessed with any computer connected to the Internet.

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